Friday, February 12, 2010

The Little Superhero of the Twins

He flies through the air with the greatest of ease. He dives into first base head first not caring about life or limb. He soars towards the ball as a defensive puma pouncing on his prey. He was one of the original members of the little piranhas that have been attacking the AL Central. Nick Punto is truly a little superhero for the Minnesota Twins.

Nick Punto has done a variety of things over the course of his playing career. His defensive prowess makes him a continuous highlight reel for ESPN's Baseball Tonight. The plays that he makes are far from the ordinary. The manager of the Twins has used him to play almost every infield position and he plays those positions with excellence.

The kryptonite for the superhero of the Twins has been his up and down batting for the past few seasons. He seemed to be able to fight off the effects of his kryptonite during the ALDS last season. Punto was able to raise his batting average while becoming more confident at the plate. Down the stretch last season, he was the one player on the Twins that seemed to be up to bat with the game on the line. During those situations he was able to come through in big ways and save the Twins from the evils that were fighting against them.

Nick Punto continues to amaze with his defensive ability and his superhero-like talents across the field. Hopefully he continues the changes that he showed down the stretch last season. If he can do this, he might become more than a little superhero for the Twins this season.

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