Monday, November 13, 2006

Playing hurt

Even though I've discussed it in a previous post, I'm still amazed at the stupidly bizarre attack by the LA Times Bill Plaschke on JD Drew's refusal to play hurt -- when he only missed 16 games all year. Here is an excerpt from Plaschke's "don't bother me with the facts" column last week:

He missed games with strange pains and hidden soreness. He missed games simply because the manager didn't want to push him. Never once did he express anger that he wasn't in the lineup, even in the final week of this season's playoff push. Never once, it seemed, did he fight to get on the field.

Nowhere does Plaschke note that Drew never whined and never got into any trouble while he was in LA. He simply decided that he could make more money elsewhere. Given the fact that Aramis Ramirez just signed a 5-year $75 million deal with the Cubs and the fact that Drew's a centerfielder, JD's probably very right.

Besides ignoring the obvious fact that the team would not have made the playoffs without Drew, since he was their best offensive player last year, there's a bigger question for Plaschke, the Dodgers and their fans: how do you feel about Eric Gagne trying to pitch through injuries, now that he's pitched 13 innings in 2005 and two innings in 2006 and possibly destroyed a potential Hall of Fame career? Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts makes this point amid a long post about Drew --

I'm sick and tired for the heat Drew takes for not playing hurt. For every Nomar Garciaparra or Kirk Gibson home run while playing injured, you get guys like Eric Gagne ruining their years if not their careers. Playing hurt, very often, is a hateful thing to do.

I think it's ridiculous, too. I'd like to think most real fans realize careers can end damn quickly such as with Robb Nen or Mike Matheny. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people read Plaschke and believe that JD Drew is the major reason why the Dodgers didn't win the World Series again.

Again, the crappy local coverage is a key factor in why Dodger fans are the dumbest in MLB.


Blogger Alex said...

Welcome to Plaschke World. When he's not busy not looking at facts, he's got his lips wrapped around Ned Colletti's instrument that's akin to an electric piano.

9:33 AM  

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