David Ortiz’s spring essentially began with the DH being struck out by a college pitcher and it never really got any better in the Grapefruit League, as he batted .054 with an on base plus slugging of .287. Sox fans would like to think he’ll flip the switch when things count for real, but Ortiz hasn’t hit better than .250 in spring training since 2006, and generally speaking he’s been a really slow starter over that same span. His Aprils have improved recently, as he hit .405 in 2012 (after hitting .228 in the spring), and .500 last year (after missing all of spring training), but generally speaking he’s still a slow starter.
If a particular lifestyle change is your priority, then you will have to accept that other, more minor things may have to be sacrificed. As the title says, you really can’t have it all. You can’t eat ice cream, hamburgers, and french fries every day and achieve a goal to lose weight or lower your cholesterol.
The Seahawks’ running game hasn’t quite hit true “Beast Mode” with Marshawn Lynch, and some of that is tied to offensive line reshuffling. The Broncos’ run defense once had a lot of holes, but switching up some personnel and scheming in the front seven has plugged them. Denver can contain him on early downs and will be disciplined in not letting Lynch break one after contact..
A saleswoman for British fashion brand Mulberry talks about one of the brand’s bags to customers at a shop at Lotte Premium Outlets in Paju, north of Seoul, December 7, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong HakMulberry, known for its Bayswater and Alexa handbags, makes over 80 percent of its sales in Britain and continental Europe, and has been hit hard recently by weak consumer spending there, as well as cooling demand from Chinese shoppers and tourists.After issuing two profit warnings since October, the firm posted an expected 28 percent drop in annual profit on Thursday.Chief Executive Bruno Guillon has responded in part by taking the group a little more upmarket from its traditional position of luxury.Mulberry hiked prices by 12 percent in November and has launched more handbags priced over 1,000 pounds ($1,600), which it says have gone down well in Asia and the United States.However, the move has attracted some criticism, and was reportedly a factor behind the decision of highly acclaimed Creative Director Emma Hill to announce earlier this week that she planned to leave the business.Guillon played down the shift upmarket, saying 60 percent of products were still on sale for less than 1,000 pounds.The group was having a tough time because it did not have a high enough profile in Asia, and was addressing that by opening more stores in the region, he said. At the same time as growing our business locally, he said.The Frenchman, who has just returned from China, added that while growth in demand for luxury products had slowed in Asia, the opportunities there still far outweighed those in Europe.Mulberry, which opened 17 stores in the year ended March, plans to open 15 20 in its new financial year, pinpointing prime locations and flagship stores in Asia and North America, where it has 42 and 6 stores respectively out of a total of 118.The group is also using higher quality materials and limiting volumes of best sellers to maintain exclusivity.don think that the long term goal of becoming a global brand is beyond Mulberry and therefore we would expect the market to support the shares at around these levels, said Panmure analyst Philip Dorgan, adding he disagreed with the view Guillon was pushing the firm too upmarket, too quickly..