Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Nick Punto

It happened to me without my even realizing it. Somewhere, somehow over the past few weeks I became an outright fan of Nick Punto.

Don't get me wrong; I never didn't like the guy, exactly. He was a Twin, and I like all the Twins. Always have. I was a fan of Scott Stahoviak, for Pete's sake. So I never sat at home watching the Twins and wondering why Nick Punto was a Twin. I do confess that I recently spent a lot of time wondering why he was the club's starting 3B, however. And I always laughed a bit when the man that Bat-Girl calls "Little Nicky Punto" was mentioned as a possible starter anywhere on the field. He's a utility guy, I thought. The second coming of Denny Hocking or Jeff Reboulet.

And then...

I think it started to come to me while watching him take an extra base innumerable times, with that look of absolute ferocity on his face. Or maybe when he trotted out there night after night, completely unable to conceive of not playing because of an ache or pain.

No matter where it came from, though, I realized it full force tonight. The way he took care of Liriano on the mound (something any good infielder is going to do, but man, he did it with class). And the way that he, along with Mike Redmond, was right up on that top step when Josh Rabe got his first major league hit.

I don't care if he doesn't hit homeruns at the pace of Troy Glaus (or even Corey Koskie). I don't care that he keeps diving into first base on plays where it can't possibly make him faster to the bag. All I know is that this man needs to play for the Twins, as often as possible.

Count me in as a convert to the cult of Little Nicky Punto.

2 Comments:

  • At Wed Jul 19, 02:56:00 PM , Blogger Twins Territory said...

    Great Post

    I have always like "Little Nicky Punto", but in you post you pointed out all the great things that he has including: hard work, hustle, he never gives up, and more. The main thing I like about him is he was once just a bench player but between hard work and taking advice from Rod Carew he became a very good every day player. And as you said (came to the top step when Rabe got his first hit) he is also a good leader and teammate.

     
  • At Mon Oct 09, 08:22:00 PM , Blogger Laura said...

    Oh, definitely count me in for the Nick Punto fan club. He's one of my favorites out there, and actually has been for a couple of years because of that grit and hustle you already mentioned. Dude plays his heart out, and I love it. I was so happy to see him blossom over there on the corner this year, because to me, that meant that even through arbitration, he'll be here next year, which makes me quite the happy camper. Viva Punto.

     

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