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First, we blamed injuries. Then, we pointed out that he probably stopped taking steroids. David Ortiz thinks he might know the real reason for his struggles in 2009, however. His eyesight.
“I’ve been thinking about getting my eyes checked — for real,” he said. “My vision has always been 20-20, and I’m not feeling anything crazy, but I’m going to get it checked out.”
Bill Simmons and others have theorized that he’s older than he says he is, and whether that’s true or not, it’s hard to explain how he just completely fell off the cliff. Ortiz is hitting just .187 this season with one HR and 20 RBI. Could he have eye problems?
Let’s hope that Ortiz just needs contacts or Lasik eye surgery. If you can’t see the ball and read the seams on the way to the plate, then you might as well be swinging with a blindfold on.
For Papi’s sake, I hope they find some sort of problem. Even if they don’t, they should put him on the disabled list and pretend he has eye problems. He needs time away from the field to get his swing back…before his career is over.