Earlier today, we talked about Adam Wainwright’s injury and what it likely means for the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances in the NL Central. Summary: Not good.
Well, word of Wainwright possibly needing Tommy John surgery also traveled to the Cincinnati Reds camp in Goodyear, Arizona. Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News just happened to be there when the players first heard the news.
Jonny Gomes walked into the Cincinnati Reds spring training clubhouse early Wednesday morning singing at the top of his warbly voice.
The melody was not recognizable, but the words were plaintive: “Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone,” he sang joyously.
No matter what team the guy plays for, celebrating an injury is an especially distasteful action, but even moreso when it’s a potentially career ending injury that could cause Wainwright to lose more than $21 million. I hope one of the team’s clubhouse leaders put Gomes in his place after such a disgusting display.
A few minutes later, the telephone in manager Dusty Baker’s office rang while he was meeting with the writers and he said, “Hey, son. Thank you, my son. Thank you big-time. Significant, huh? A significant injury. Thank you, my son, for the tip. I love you.”
Baker hung up laughing and said, “That was my son, Darren, giving me the Wainwright Report. That’s my scout right there.”
Before this poorly timed outburst of glee, Baker was discussing Wainwright in a completely different fashion.
Nobody could tell if Baker had his fingers crossed or if he was winking at the time behid his sun glasses, but he said, “I really hate to see that. He is not only a good pitcher, but he seems like a fine young man, too. Every time I saw him or talked to him he seemed very polite and respectful.”
“Hmmmm. Boy, it’s early for those kind of problems,” Baker added.
Early for those kind of problems? Is Dusty Baker really this out of touch with both what constitutes a healthy level of respect and general baseball injuries? Adam Wainwright is 29 years old. Pitchers in high school can sometimes require Tommy John surgery.
As a reader points out, Baker is most likely saying that it’s early in the year, which I’m not entirely convinced is an incredibly odd time for serious injuries to develop. Without having looked anything up, I believe several arm injuries have occurred in Spring Training, only to be muscled through to the early part of the year before the pitcher gives up on it, and accepts the fate of his arm.
Told that he had elbow issues, Baker smiled shyly and said, “Who are they going to blame for that one?” Baker, of course, is forever being accused (wrongfully) of ruining pitchers’ arms with overuse or misuse).
Stay classy, Dusty Baker. Stay classy.
I wonder if Friday, April 22nd will be a return engagement for some brouhahanegans: