Why is it that whenever coaches mention David Eckstein, they always use the word "grit" or something equivalent to it. So Eckstein signs with the Padres, and the first thing out of the mouth of Padres' coach Bud Black is this:
"The way he goes about the daily grind of playing baseball is going to be great for our younger service-time players to watch."
Of course after hearing John Gibbons and J.P. Ricciardi sing the praises of Eckstein last year, I understand that this previous statement actually translates to this:
"That Eckstein is a short motherf*cker, so good for him."
Eckstein is a short guy at 5'7", I get it. But don't recall anyone describing Dustin Pedroia as "gritty", and he's around the same height. Just don't confuse "grit" with "lack of height". Grit is not a substitute for talent, it's just an excuse for why a player hasn't had an All-Star season since 2006.