Originally Posted by Mutaman
How do you compare him and O'Neill?
O'Neill? Possibly very very comparably as I truly believe Bruce could break out in another organization. Bruce has done a good bit more by his age....but the main difference IMO is the fire that O'Neill played with....Bruce has that talent and maybe beyond....but O'Neill's fire is an important part to a championship team IMO....Votto, Cueto and Latos have it.
O'Neill was the .278 guy who left and the next year hit .358? And won a batting title....very unpredictable IMO.
And when you say Paul O'Neill I immediately think of the most underplayed amazing highlight of all-time.
Tying run on 2nd....1 out...9th inning. A single on the ground right to O'Neill and he charges hard, scoops up the ball, drops it, scoops it again, bobbles it, drops it and as it bounces off the Riverfront turf he kicks it in the air all the way to the cutoff in the IF....but the timing was immaculate...the 3rd base coach saw the charge, glanced to see where his runner was and he missed the bobble/drops but saw the ball in the air headed towards the cutoff and he holds the runner! Lol O'Neill knew too many bobbles cost him the play so he just gets ticked and kicks it....3rd base coach had no idea the ball in the air was kicked and had nothing on it.
Why that isn't on every highlight/blooper show is beyond me.....nothing similar has ever happened.