Adam Ottavino spoke what he believed to be some tough truth when appearing on the StatCast podcast in 2018.
"I would strike out Babe Ruth every time," he said.
Needless to say, the comment took off, a reality the new Red Sox reliever reflected on Friday when appearing on Dale & Keefe.
"If I said Jimmie Foxx maybe that wouldn’t have gotten the same reaction," Ottavino said. "But Babe Ruth, a lot of people are gate-keeping around the New York area. People were quick to jump into the debate about that. As soon as I saw what I said was tweeted out there by MLB that I knew something was going to come of it, for sure."
Time for a new question/conversation.
How would Ottavino do against Ted Williams?
"Oh geez, I don’t know," he told D&K. "It’s a different era. He played after the Babe so he probably saw a little better pitching than Babe Ruth did. It’s hypothetical at this point. I guess it’s not worth weighing in. But I feel like I would do just fine."