“I think anybody who has a rib injury will know what I’m talking about,’’ Ellsbury said. “They say for a while you’ll move wrong and get a sharp pain. It’s something I’ll have to play through.
This came on the back of yesterday’s hatchet job on the Red Sox center fielder by Mr Hatchet himself, Dan Shaughnessy. As usual, the most bitter man in Boston sports started his piece saying he shouldn’t tackle a certain subject, and then goes full barrels into his usual hatchet job; ‘’It’s impossible and unfair to measure another man’s pain.’’ he said, after which he then spends an article in length doing what? You guessed it, judging another man’s pain.
Perhaps the most jarringly ridiculous section of the Hatchet Man’s article was this;
‘’ It was not unlike that July night in 2004 when Nomar Garciaparra sat and stewed while Derek Jeter dived into the stands and the Yankees beat the Red Sox in extra innings.’’
Well actually it was very unlike that night. Unless I am mistaken we do not have a situation currently where legendary superstar is sitting on the bench sulking as a season threatened to unravel before the teams eyes. A good, young player with a completely flawless record to date has broken ribs and is finding it hard to play.
Not really contextual, at all.
You would really like to see Shaughnessy try to play a round of golf or whatever it is he does in his spare time, with broken ribs.
Which brings me to my point. I have tried to pitch with broken ribs before. It’s not easy. It is extremely painful, and the pain in turn saps your energy. Ellsbury is a finely tuned athlete, trying to perform at a high level without full use of his usual ‘tools of the trade’. You don’t step on the diamond in Major League Baseball unless you are ready to compete.
Shaughnessy, and anyone else second guessing Ellsbury right now, should crack a couple of their ribs and then try to hit a Major League fastball.
I am guessing they wouldn’t be so mouthy about it after trying it themselves.