To Mr. Tuiasosopo,
I’d like to make a formal apology. A year ago, I wrote an article in The Hardball Times Annual that rated you one of the more likely minor leaguers to have a breakout year. Instead, you struggled badly, and that’s being kind. Perhaps in return for making me look foolish, I’ve made a habit of pointing out to people that you had an historically bad season in Double-A last year. I questioned your ability to hit to everyone that asked, and repeatedly wrote that a poor 2007 campaign could effectively end your career. It’s no surprise that I’ve been pretty skeptical of your offensive abilities in the last six months, and I didn’t think you’d hit much this year either.
Now that your double tonight gave you more this season (5) than you had in your entire Double-A stint last year, I’m ready to admit I was wrong. It took all of one week for you to convince me that it may have just been the overly aggressive promotion, and not a lack of talent, that caused you to struggle so badly last year.
So, Matt, I’m sorry for doubting you. Please don’t stop hitting.