The Quiet Leader
It’s easy to go back and look at examples of “bad attitude” exhibited by AJP. I even remember being supremely upset with him during the 2011 ALCS, in which he constantly referred to his rival Detroit Tigers as “we” and disparaged the Rangers. To his credit, he has displayed an attitude for the game, but has remained amicable and generally friendly here in Texas off the field. He lets his actions speak instead of mouthing off, as evidenced in his first 2013 appearance in Anaheim. He could have said a whole manner of things, but he simply hit the winning home run, gave a pleasant interview afterwards/said some generic, nice things about Anaheim. I like seeing the Rangers have that kind of leadership to follow, even more so after hearing CJ Wilson say everything about Oakland sucks or Josh Hamilton’s odd, Biblically inspired comments about DFW after the last game of 2012.
For someone who has been labeled as a “loud guy” by everyone, he is now quietly leading with intensity and passion on the field and amicable niceness off the field. He’s the guy we’ve grown to love, as some people said we would, and it’s been worth it thus far.
Note: I’m not glossing over his defense by any means, as I feel it is his weak point. Instead, I will defer that to our own Jeff Johnson, who will probably have many ties to the pitching and AJP in his “Rosin Bag” series on the site.