It seems that the Dodgers’ blogosphere is all up in arms about Ross Stripling’s elbow. “OMG, he should have told someone.” “Why did he not just stop?”
The people who ask these questions have obviously never played professionally or maybe even at an amateur level. If you quit something every time you felt a twinge, you would be branded that guy who no one wants to play with. Real competitive athletes play through pain – lots of it. If they told someone every time they felt pain, they would be branded as crybabies. STOP IT! Ross Stripling is a competitor. The odds are once he felt the pain, the damage was already done. Chad Billingsley rested and we saw how well that went.
I know everyone is frustrated with Matt Kemp and others who try and play through pain, but you have to realize that is what makes them great. Your greatest strength can be your most glaring weakness.
If Ross needs TJ, odds are he will be back stronger, faster and more determined. Move on people – there’s nothing to see or say here!
Athletes are going to continue to try and play with pain… if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be athletes! Save your breath! This is not mamby pamby land…
Rants and Raves
- To say that Chris Reed didn’t make a good first impression would be a gross understatement!
- Dee Gordon has my eye!
- So does Joc Pederson!
- Darnell Freakin’ Sweeney looks like he could compete for the 2B job… which I know he can’t…. can he? Sometimes kids come from nowhere…
- Chone Figgins looks like a guy the Dodgers will utilize.
- This just in: the “cash considerations” the Dodgers received for Justin Sellers was a $2 bill.