Sadly, this season has seen plenty of images like this; Papi with a bewildered look on his face and looking like the second coming of Tanner Boyle after getting punched out.
Today was even worse as he left 12 runners on base, went 0 for 7 and I fear for the safety of water coolers and reporters in his general area.
I've ran every possible scenario for what is keeping The Large Father from his normal level of excellence; from PED's to "he's just getting up in years" to the Swine Flu and I got nothing. He LOOKS like the same Papi, same sweet swing to go along with the spitting into and clapping of the hands but instead of a hitting machine he looks like an overgrown version of Smalls from "The Sandlot" flailing away.
Who knows when/if he reverts back to "I'm Big Papi and all you mortals better know your role"; all I know is I miss THAT guy and want him back.
The boys drop 2 of 3 to the Angels and head to Seattle for the weekend while I spend the next 15 hours working on a Ichiro voodoo doll.
It can't hurt.