Another Helping of Humble Pie

humble_pie.jpgLast month I had a piece of humble pie in honor of Mike Pelfrey‘s dramatic turnaround as a starting pitcher. May I add it was delicious.

Today for breakfast I am having TWO LARGE HELPINGS of humble pie in honor of Carlos Delgado and his recent rejuvenation in all phases of the game. Loyal readers of MetsToday know I have strong opinions and often stick my neck out in making bold claims, predictions, and criticisms. As such, I’m just as quick to admit when I’m wrong as when I pat myself on the back on those few occasions I’m right.

And I was completely dead wrong about Delgado. In fact, I was downright nasty toward what I perceived as a poor attitude, lack of leadership, and questionable effort. Nasty might not even be a harsh enough description — I did, after all, refer to him as “poisonous”.

Interestingly enough, Delgado’s resurgence can be tracked to the day after that June 5th post — when he was hitting .229 with a .386 slugging percentage. On June 7th, he went 3-for-4, and on June 8th, he went 3-for-5, and things started “clicking”. Move ahead to today, and he’s lifted his batting average 40 points, to .268, and his slugging over 100 points, to .499, hitting 15 homers along the way.

In short, Delgado has reinvented himself as the fearsome slugger we knew in 2006 — while also becoming a tough out who goes the other way when behind on the count. Just as inspiring, he’s been getting his uniform dirty, hustling out of the box and around the bases, and even speaks to the media after games (the games won, at least).

Thank you, Carlos, for proving me wrong and making me look like an arse. I am happy to eat as many slices of humble pie as you deem necessary.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.