I know, I know, it’s only the first week of spring training but if what we are seeing from Willie Bloomquist is real, then we should be excited for the upcoming season. I have always been a big Willie Bloomquist fan and I’ve always thought his impact on teams has gone somewhat unrecognized. Not this year, though. Fans and players alike are starting to realize what Bloomquist means to this Arizona ball club.
So far this spring, through three games in which he has played in, Willie is batting .400 with an OPS of 1.000. After an injury-filled year in 2012, the best thing for Bloomquist to do is start strong and show this team what he is made of. Bloomquist has recorded at least one hit in every game this year and through 10 at-bats, has only one strikeout. If there was a mold for a lead-off hitter, Willie Bloomquist would fit it pretty well. No stolen bases yet this year, but Bloomquist has six total bases (it really should be seven because he was incorrectly called out after trying to tag from 1st to 2nd). If you mix speed, high OBP and constant hustle, what could be better? Bloomquist, who was the recipient of the Diamondbacks Heart And Hustle Award in 2012 is starting right where he left off. The hustle is there and always will be but as far as the “heart” is concerned, well, that’s there too.
Throughout this off season, Willie was adamant about putting time into his charity, the Abe and Max Fund. This charity provides electronics to kids who are undergoing treatment at hospitals. If there is one thing that Bloomquist realized during his back surgery, it’s that spending all day in a hospital is not the most thrilling of times and he is doing an awesome job by doing what he does.
It’s early. There is a lot of season left, but with more at-bats and more repetitions, Willie will become more comfortable and his injury-filled season in 2012 will be a thing of the past. As we enter 2013, Willie Bloomquist is doing a lot of great things both on and off the field.
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