Felger, Neumeier, Speier: Ortiz or Yaz?

Felger, Neumeier, Speier: Ortiz or Yaz?
July 23, 2014, 6:00 am
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What's better than a great debate?

The captain of the Harvard debate team, WEEI's Alex Speier, joined Sports Tonight to judge a debate between Michael Felger and Bob Neumeier.

David Ortiz just surpassed Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time home run list. Who would you rather have on your team, Ortiz or Yastrzemski?

Felger defended the Sox's designated hitter in the battle.

"David Ortiz got here a decade ago," said Felger. "All he's done is been a balls-to-the-wall, top-five power hitter in the game with three championship rings to his credit that he was directly responsible for.

"There is no one else I would rather have with the game on the line and a bat in his hand than David Ortiz. This one isn't close. I'm not going to tell you who is a better ballplayer, but who would I rather have? David Ortiz."

It typical Neumeier fashion, he churns out several statistics that could tip the scale Yaz's way.

"How many batting titles did David Ortiz win?" asked Neumeier. "Zero, Yastrzemski won three. How many MVPs did Ortiz win? Zero, Yastrzemski won that. How many Triple Crowns has he won? Zero, Yastrzemski did that. He also had seven Gold Gloves. He led the American League in outfield assists seven times. He didn't just hit four times a game . . .This is a no-brainer Felger. Yastrzemski swamps Ortiz in every statistical category known to man."

Felger's rebuttal to Neumeier's statistical assault?

"Congratulations, he would help you win your fantasy league. I'm playing real baseball, so I'll take David Ortiz."

Speier handed out his ruling.

"The big zero is the zero championships for Carl Yastrzemski. And let's not kid ourselves, the Triple Crown, who cares?" said Speier. "Michael Felger wins that point on the big goose egg on the championships. Rings baby!"