Reading threads and posts on this site, on other message boards, and just from people from our fan base Its pretty obvious that there is being a lot of pressure put on this kid and it's probably ruined him (to a degree)
I've watched a lot of baseball over my lifetime and in recent memory, NO PLAYER on any team I've watched has hit as many balls hard and been robbed of a hit or a rocket right at people. It's happened already three times this year to Jay.
He feels a bit snakebit with this along with the injury this past season. Seems like the entire town and fan base is expecting too much too soon; or are they?
I admit, doubts are starting to creep in on him. And I think he can feel it and its affecting his play.
Just read this thread for example: http://boards.espn.go.com/boards/mb/...6691023&lid=31
It's unreal. He's under a microscope like an NFL QB. People are judging his games (first two games this season) like they do an NFL QB on the hotseat.
One guy in the ORG even suggested that Jocketty start shopping the kid.
Not sure what to make of it but the end result could be Bruce never realizing his potential here or at all.
Just once I wish that OUR guy and not the Braun's, the Longorias, the Uptons, the Heywards would all turn out special. Why does that happen?