Adam Lind was a late scratch from yesterday’s start due to tightness in his back– a “much more localized” tightness, we’re told, by way of John Lott of the National Post, than the back troubles that sidelined him last year, but a recurrence of his “core” problem (see what I just did there?).
Though, actually, Lind’s real issue may not be so much the back– which I don’t doubt is legitimate– as much as the lame excuses.
“Farrell suggested Lind’s hard work in his new conditioning routine may have backfired,” Lott writes.
“Adam has been so diligent with his back exercise … [he] may have overdone it,” Farrell told him.
I literally had to check to make sure that the internet hadn’t accidentally spit an article from Spring 2011 at me.
Lott goes on to explain that Lind seems hopeful that he’ll be ready for Opening Day, since the doctor he visited “didn’t have anything negative to say, or too concerning.”
Well, I guess that’s good– I’m certainly not going to start pondering how the Jays might replace him in the lineup just yet. But… the fucking excuse is getting a little lame, is it not? Especially when this stuff kinda gets a free pass, while there’s not nearly enough media pushback (Wilner and others excepted) in the direction of the asinine everybody hates-on Colby Rasmus movement.
I spoke to that point last week, screetching that “Lind’s magical 3.7 fWAR, 139 wRC+ season is two years in the rearview, while Rasmus put up 129 wRC+ and 4.3 fWAR in twenty-goddamn-ten! Rasmus has been worth 7.9 fWAR over 420 [note: ha!] career games, while Lind’s accumulated 4.3 wins in 621. Granted, Rasmus gets a lot of value from being above average defensively in centre– something too many media dildos are real quick to ignore– but his career wRC+ is 103 to Lind’s 104. And yet the people pining for David Cooper are where, exactly? Christ!!!”
The difference between Lind and Rasmus– who would be getting so absolutely skewered for a thing like this that it’s hard to imagine– is especially mind-boggling in light of the fact that Lind, as John Lott wrote in the Post on March 15th, “admits it: He was never much inclined to the gruelling workout routine so favoured by modern athletes.”
“I was never a real big workout guy, but now that I’m getting older, I understand that it needs to be done in order to stay on the field,” Lind told Lott. “It only takes 15 or 20 minutes a day to maintain and stay strong and stabilize, so it’s not that bad.”
Unless, y’know, you somehow manage to supposedly overdo it. Again.
The shitty thing is, of course, that I don’t doubt for a second that Lind is sincere in his attempts to do what’s best for him and the team, and sincere in his owning up fucking them up. It’s just… holy shit, does it ever help to have a 4 win season in the city you currently play in. If you’re Rasmus and people here didn’t see it, it might as well have never happened. Even if it did happen, and a year more recently than Lind’s at that. Truly amazing.