By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 1, 2013
David Berg is a guy I liked the first time I saw him pitching for Amat. I’d tell you that story, but pretty soon, everybody would be telling that story.
I’d also say who he reminds me of, but nobody is going to guess with me on that one, either. No, O’Day is not my comp. Neither is Reed, if you can remember him. My comp is fricking nails, but you gotta be pretty well read to know it. By now I think a lot of people around baseball know that if I give you a historical comp for a contemporary player, you can take that to the bank. A lot of that ability comes from the three books I’ve written. Of course I might have to give you a quick lesson about the player, but that’s OK. I do know that my comp (No, not McGinnity, try again) was never called that utterly derogatory term — thumber. But I bet Berg got it his whole life, stuffed it in his back pocket and said blank you very much.
Next, I also have an idea as to why this guy is so nasty. It has nothing to do with velocity. The reason why this guy is so nasty question actually has many answers outside of baseball itself, which is one reason why this guy has had to, and will have to, battle tooth and nail for everything he gets in this game. Less sophisticated observers will dismiss him.
But I will say this in public. You cannot put a price tag on an individual’s ability to battle for everything he gets in this game, especially this young. And I know there are people out there reading this who don’t know what I mean, because they haven’t had to fight for a single thing. But like I say, the radar gun is a crutch and it does not tell you everything nor can it teach you everything. I’ve seen fewer examples of just what I mean than Bergy over here.