Originally written February 19, 2013 on NESN.com:
Will Middlebrooks is going into his first full year with the Red Sox, taking over as the everyday third baseman and putting together the pieces that he hopes will make him a staple in the Boston lineup for years to come. When it comes to who he’s styling his game after, he points to a player who will be situated very close to him in the lineup: David Ortiz. But it’s not necessarily for the reasons that come to mind. Sure, Middlebrooks would love to bash some home runs, and he’d certainly like the popularity that comes with being one of Boston’s biggest producers for many years. But when Middlebrooks thinks of success beyond a few at-bats or the length of the season, Ortiz provides the perfect template for more than performance. In Middlebrooks’ eyes, this is the guy who has figured out how to make the most of being with the Red Sox. “I’ve been watching him since I was a kid,” Middlebrooks told Joe McDonald of ESPN. “He’s one of the main players I like to watch — not because he hits ...
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