As much crap we give Julio Lugo, I feel bad for the guy:
Now, even Lugo himself admits it hasn’t worked.
"No, it hasn’t," he said late yesterday afternoon, after his 11th-inning single drove in what would be the deciding run in the Sox’ 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
"I thought it would work, but that’s not where we are," he said, almost matter-of-factly. "But one thing I am not going to do is throw a log on the fire. It’s just the way it is right now and I have to deal with it."
A quick Lugo story: My brother (nhredsox) met Lugo during spring training and Lugo actually struck up a conversation with my brother because he was wearing a t-shirt that said "dad" on it. Lugo just wanted to talk about each other's kids. Lugo just came up behind him, slapped him on the back and started asking questions.
I don't care how he plays baseball, that's a nice guy right there.
And you can see it in Lugo on the field. Here is a truly talented athlete playing in a place he's always wanted to play, and he's struggling. Can anyone imagine how bad that must hurt for him? It's just not working out for him, but he's been working his hardest to make it happen.
I say we start a movement. Let's start the "Pro-Lugo" movement. Instead of booing this guy, let's cheer for him. Instead of sighing when he comes into the game, let's root for him to make a nice play or two. Let's give him some classic Red Sox love. What's the worst that could happen: He actually does well?
So I'll say it now: I'm done bashing Lugo. He bashes himself enough for not playing well. Let's turn it around and give this guy a leg to stand on -- the Royal Rooters.
What say you?