I have always found baseball players more relateable than athletes who play basketball or football. Maybe it's because they're not freakishly large or tall, maybe it's because the rate of success for elite prospects seems smaller and leads to less lifelong primadonnas, maybe because the initial salaries for young players is more in the "successful executive" range and not the "successful druglord" range, maybe it's because when they celebrate wins they do so goofily and giddily, and don't act like they just slaughtered a deer for their village with their bare hands.
...And maybe it's because of guys like Brent Lillibridge and Jayson Nix, who seem very aware that they are playing baseball...and being paid for it...and that that is awesome.
Nix: 24 Gs, 49 ABs, 8 H, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 BB, 12 K, .163 BA, .268 OBP, .245 SLG, .513 OPS, 5 errors at 3B in 30 chances....Jayson gets spared the traditional Saber-analysis because of his preposterously small sample size with the Sox
Lillibridge: 98 ABs, .224 BA, .248 OBP, .378 SLG, .625 OPS, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 19 R, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 36 SO, 5 SB (62.5%), .268 wOBA, -1.2 UZR, -0.4 WAR
What did we expect?: With Teahen installed at 3rd, and Vizquel signed on to be utility infielder, Nix and Lillibridge seemed destined for an epic spring training battle to win the role of "dugout high-five specialist" for the 2010 Chicago White Sox.
With neither player appearing ticketed to play a big role beyond pinch-running because Omar is too old and slow to do it himself (or so I thought), I was partial to Lillibridge because he's, you know, faster.