What he notes here is true, no doubt.
I liked both Kirby Puckett and Sandy Koufax quite a bit, though Koufax retired a couple years before I was born.
I found it very irksome to have to keep reading about Pucket’s gleaming smile and effervescence over the years…. The man-child trope. And I found it very irksome to have to keep reading about how essentially Koufax’s intelligence made it possible to overcome his beta-male ness. The old non-athletic super-genius trope.
A) Puckett was a pro dedicated to his craft as much as anyone. He learned how to hit properly in the majors, under the tutelage of Tony Oliva. Hard to do, I’m saying.
B) Koufax sat at 100 mph as a starting pitcher. He was built like an Adonis and had an elite, elite physical skill set. This beta stuff…whatever… it’s bullshit. Occasions called for him throw belt high fastballs past Mantle, Killebrew, etc. No beta there.
Interesting that in his lifetime Roberto Clemente was able to see to it he wasn’t caricatured.