Hardcore local baseball fans hope this is FINALLY the year when the hometown hero lives up to his potential and they're mispronunciation of so man Dominican names can be overlooked.
Here's the big picture juxtaposition with another star who hasn't quite lived up to the hype . . .
The athletic lives of KC Royals outfielder Bubba Starling and Tim Tebow, late of the New York Mets, are similar. Both were gifted quarterbacks: Tebow won the Heisman Trophy with Florida, while Starling, a prep star, walked away from a scholarship to call signals at Nebraska and signed with the Royals.