Adam Ottavino back in 2018 was responsible for a truly iconic comment.
“I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.”
Perhaps, as the game was far different in the early 20th century as opposed to now.
How about Ted Williams though?
The new Boston Red Sox reliever was broached that very question during an appearance Friday on WEEI.
“Oh geez, I donât know,” Ottavino said, via WEEI.com. “Itâs a different era. He played after the Babe so he probably saw a little better pitching than Babe Ruth did. Itâs hypothetical at this point. I guess itâs not worth weighing in. But I feel like I would do just fine.”
He also explained why he chose Ruth as the example for baseball legends he could punch out.
“If I said Jimmie Foxx maybe that wouldnât 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.”