With Chase Utley on the disabled list and Ryan Howard on the precipice of injury with his hurting left knee, there has been an outcry from some fans for the Phillies to call up. To some, the Ruthian-type hero from last year who blasted 20 home runs in one month, and 51 between three leagues is the obvious choice for a team which so desperately needs an offensive boost. But to others, his recent 0-for-21 slump warrants some more minor league seasoning before joining the Phils.
In talking with Ruf today at Lehigh Valley, it was clearly evident that he, nor anyone else is particularly worried about his recent skid. He does not feel like it is a mechanical issue, pressure to perform, or a lack of confidence at the plate. In fact, Ruf is extremely sure in his abilities and makes absolutely nothing of his struggles of late. To him, it is just the natural ebb and flow of the game.
Here is some of what he had to say about dealing with his slump:
“Everybody struggles in baseball at some poin...