David Ortiz Talking About Juan Soto Is Baseball Porn

Straight up baseball porn right here listening to David Ortiz talking about Juan Soto.

From the second that we saw Soto, you knew he was going to be a star. It was just a matter of how fast he would earn that title. The answer to that question, basically, was right away. We've got Ortiz talking about how Soto, after watching his at-bat against Justin Verlander during last fall's World Series, that the 21-year-old has the confidence at the plate that Ortiz himself did not develop until he was 28 years old. For those keeping score at home, Ortiz's age-28 season came in 2004. Pretty good year for Big Papi.

Obviously not having sports right now sucks, and we want them to come back only when it's safe to, but this is the type of shit we're missing out on. First and foremost, guys aren't getting paid unless they play. Then you've got the minor leaguers who are clearing like three grand a year even if they play. Then, you're got guys -- and I keep using Mike Yastrzemski as the example -- who have stuck it out in the minors that maybe this would've been the year they got their first look in The Show. Do they get it now? It's not guaranteed. Maybe this was their only shot.

Then you have guys in their late 20's, early 30's who would've been making real money for the first time in their careers, but now they're not. Then you have guys in that same age range who are coming up on or in the early stages of arbitration who won't get paid as much if they don't have a 2020 season to take into arbitration next winter. That also takes money out of their pockets later on once they reach free agency.

After those things, I'm thinking of the prime seasons that we're missing out on from players like Soto. Mike Trout. Christian Yelich. Mookie Betts. Guys like that who are bonafide superstars, yet we're missing out on their prime years because of the global pandemic. It is what it is, and we're all dealing with it in our own way. But hopefully they get back on the field as soon as it's safe, because Soto is a guy that I don't want to miss out on a single second of his prime years. Special, special talent right there.