“Shredder” is a great nickname. No matter what you think about Nick Punto’s penchant for head-first dives to the bag, “Shredder” rocks.
And, much to most everyone’s surprise, so does Punto.
Punto was that other guy who came over to the Dodgers in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez last summer from the Red Sox. Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Gonzalez were former All-Stars with rich contracts.
Punto was the undersized utility guy who seemed on the serious downside of his career.
Punto, 35, was batting a career-low .200 when the Dodgers picked him up from the Red Sox. There was absolutely no reason to believe he could pull off what he is doing right now.
Injuries have forced the Dodgers to use Punto more extensively than intended, yet he has responded better than they had any right to dream.