Neyer: Can I really outrun David Ortiz? The results are in

From SABR member Rob Neyer at on January 22, 2015:

I’m blaming Twitter. Well, Twitter and my foolish pride. But I’m not blaming the beer! Because when I said I could run faster than David Ortiz, I was only halfway through my first pint.

This was last summer, in a bar just a few yards from Coors Field, where I’d just seen the Royals ace the Rockies in a pretty exciting game. I was sitting in a booth with Jonah Keri, and there was a clip of Big Papi laboring along the baseline and I said I could outrun him.

That was my foolish pride. Twitter got involved when Jonah sent this doozy out into the world:

“I’m willing to bet my house that I can outrun David Ortiz.” – @robneyer

Which sort of put me up against it, no? While I wasn’t at all sure that I actually am faster than Ortiz, now I sorta had to find out.

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Originally published: January 23, 2015. Last Updated: January 23, 2015.