Otis has gone from naked, knife-wielding, cocaine-snorting,woman-fondling wildman to soon-to-be ordained minister and author.
Former MVP Terry Pendleton had this to say about Otis:
If you know Otis — his heart, his character — then you can't help but back him. The fans just love the guy. Otis has had some issues, no doubt, but he will continue to battle. You can't give up on Otis."You can't give up on Otis." Just like you can't give up on this year's winner of the Otis Nixon Award: Pat Burrell.
Some people did give up on Pat the Bat during last season. He was even voted NL Least Valuable Player at the All-Star break by Philly guy Jayson Stark. Mid-season, it wasn't looking good. However, the second half of the last season, Burrell tore up the league, helped the Phils win the NL East for the first time in over a dozen years, and proved all of his doubters to be baseball know-nothings and writing hacks.
Congrats to Pat Burrell, 2007 winner of the Otis Award.