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ecksteingritToday is inauguration day and to celebrate the occasion we’ll present the final two in our series of baseball-related Obamicons. First up is David Eckstein who, according to an in-depth study of grit, is the 11th grittiest player of all time, while his 2002 season was the second grittiest season ever.

What is grit? The aforementioned study looked at statistics like times hit by pitch, fewest number of intentional walks, and stolen base inefficiency. But the truth is, grit is one of those intangible qualities that is hard to define but, like pornography, we know it when we see it. And when we look at Ecktstein, we see grit. Lots of grit. And if there’s one thing we’ll all need to pull ourselves out of the mess our country’s in right now, it’s an Ecksteinian amount of grit.

Eckstein is the grittiest player of his generation because he’s white, he plays hard, he’s white, he’s short, and he’s white.

And what’s that all over his uniform? Is that dirt? Is it pine tar? Is it tobacco juice? No, baby. That’s grit.

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