Re: Papi shutting it down?
posted at 8/21/2011 8:18 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Papi shutting it down?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Papi shutting it down? : Hetch, I'm not taking away anyone's pain or suffering through bursitis of any kind. I have had terrible shooting pain in my heel and It is painful, and I've played baseball on it. Of course, the level that Big Papi is playing at, the fact he does have to run bases, certainly I can understand him being held out by the medical staff and maybe he himself felt he couldn't play on it. With that said, Yaz played an entire half season with broken ribs (three i recall), some guys have played with chronic injuries over the years. If I call out Big Papi on that (and I doubt he has any control other than when a doctor says, "sorry, you cannot play on that, you need rest." Unions, agents, all come into play there. Contracts and future contracts are considered. If push came to shove, and it's the World Series and Big Papi is hitting on fire (like his heel), how would you react if he sat out the WS? I realize this is regular season, but all the games are important. I would take a limping Ortiz on the bases for his power swing. He can hit the ball a mile and jog slowly around in orthopedic slippers. But with the team in injury crisis, sometimes you have to make a physical sacrifice to your body to play. Guys today, don't. I don't blame the players as much as I blame the other factors like contracts, agents, investments, unions, and doctors who are not going to get sued over a guy over-extending himself in a pennant race.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
Again I think it comes down to the level of injury and pain involved. Every injury is different and if Papi is that disabled that he can't put weight on his heal and that messes up his swing, at that point he's hurting the Red Sox more than helping. I'd like to give Papi the benefit of the doubt in that he's a pro, a great team player who would play if possible.
I useto be a long distance runner grinding out 90-100 miles a week and had a nasty case of Plantar Fasciitis a few times over the years, as well as Bursitis as I mentioned in my right knee. I've a high tolerance for pain, a could work through some conditions depending on how severe.
As for Yaz playing with rib injuries, again each is different. Ells was out most of last year with rib injuries. Does that make him a non-team player because he didn't play through the injury, as opposed to Yaz who did. No it doesn't to answer my own question.