Prior VERBOTTEN, Hendry’s Downfall or Glenallen and the Spiders from Mars
Next I “bumped” into a website called The Baseball Injury Hall of Fame. Their list includes over 30 of the weirdest injuries that have happened to baseball players and of course our Cubs and their maladies have been able-bodied in their representation.
Some of these injury reports are the party line as to what happened. If the truth came out, some of these players just might have violated something in their contract or even worse been the laughing stock of the clubhouse and the whole baseball world. I’m sure they were the latter from those in the know.
Here are few of my favorites, but I’d love to see more from our readers:
We all remember Slammin’ Sammy Sosa was once sidelined for several weeks with back spasms, which he claims were caused by his own sneezing. We’re unlikely to hear what he really was doing, it’s was fun speculating. It was interesting that nobody blamed it on him working out. Rumor has it that he wrenched his back opening a bottle of Creatine.
Cub anti-LOOGY, Mike Remlinger fractured his little finger when he got it caught in a clubhouse recliner. He was told he might as well stay in that recliner because he had to be put on the disabled list for 2 weeks.
Slugger Glenallen Hill, severely cut up his foot causing him to miss several games. Supposedly, he was deathly afraid of spiders and he had a nightmare where he was being devoured by spiders. He was so startled that he fell out of bed, shattering a glass table and then stepped on the glass shards. If anyone see’s Glenallen, please remind him to return my copy of the movie Arachnophobia to me.
Because of Z’s sore elbow, our former manager’s wife supposedly went shopping to help Z recover from that dreaded ailment. Kindly, she brought her hubby’s ace pitcher “ergonomic” equipment for computer use, such as wrist and elbow guards. Reading between the lines, those items just may have been Dusty’s keepsakes she found laying around the house. Were they souvenirs from Barry Bonds locker? In addition to keeping his computer ailment at bay, maybe Carlos The Slugger could use them to dig in like BB does with all his body armor.
It “struck” me that this off season, while Cub General Manager, Jim Hendry signed Ted Lilly to a 4 year contract as he lay on a hospital bed being readied for an angioplasty, it may not have been his first signing of a free agent while being a patient. Apparently. he signed Greg Maddux in February 2004, while in a cast and recovering from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon (the tendon just above his kneecap). He had tripped on a dustpan while carrying his son’s birthday present down some stairs. Could this be his modus operandi we’re seeing? In the next couple of weeks, if we see that Mr. Hendry suffers a severe ankle sprain or a debilitating hangnail, we should all keep our eyes open. It just might be his way of softening up Big Z’s agent, Barry Praver, to get that home town discount this spring, on what we all hope leads to the completion of Z’s very lucrative long term contract.
anyone else ready for the all-star break? =p
it's been a tough past couple weeks...except that reds series. i miss playing the reds. that was cool.
To take my mind of this latest disaster...wow, I thought baseball money was crazy, but NBA money is now super-wacko crazy. Joakim Noah is 31 with bad knees and absolutely no offensive game. He can't make a layup. The Knicks just agreed to pay him $72M over 4 years. Holy crap.
Thank you, Jason, for allowing me to get to bed at a decent hour. Very thoughtful.
It will be very interesting to see what Theo does at the deadline. Of course, if Jake doesn't get straightened out, it really doesn't matter. A lot of Jake's comments this year, and his posing for nudie pics in the ESPN magazine, rang some alarm bells -- after one great year (and it was amazingly great), his head has swelled tremendously. Jake, look up the word "hubris", then look in the mirror.
...and we're back from the 3rd rain delay.
at least the cubs have a decent backup of...ummmm....well the minor league system has...uhhh...hmmm.
maybe adam warren can manage to throw less than 100 pitches in 5 innings? no?
Not to worry -- I'm sure Hammel will finish strong in the 2nd half of the season (~sad chuckle, reaches for Scotch bottle~).
Hammel has had a rather challenging last month. I am hoping post-break that Hendrix gets pushed ahead of him. They'll be lucky to win a game in NY
hey, alright...cubs losing by 9 and a 3rd rain delay. awesome.
If baseball does not work out for Patton, I think he's got a future in Civil War re-enactments. He's got a solid Johnny-Reb look to him.
David Ross - the mound awaits you.
RIP jason hammel's awesome ERA.
10 ER in 4ip...almost a full point tacked on tonight, alone. 5HR given up tonight. oogly.
Nimmo certainly does not want to see the Cubs leave town. His first MLB rbi last night and now his first HR.
At least Hammel is eating some innings ... this is the kind of game Peralta should be used if at all.
OK, the hell with it.
It's July 1 -- Hammel starting to suck right on schedule.
Other than sweeping the Reds -- a bad team actively trying to lose -- this will make 8 losses in 9 games to good teams (Cards, Marlins, Mets). Not good at all.
Belicheat a consultant for the Red Sox?
And, so, Jason Hammel decides to test my new resolution right away. Sheesh.
No Wright, no Duda, no Granderson -- no problem for NY. Ugh.