Well, I hate to say, “I told you so”, but… This is especially true since its related to an injury. It was announced that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2011 season. I really feel extremely bad for Stephen, however, at least he will be able to comfort himself with the paychecks from his large, guaranteed contract. More on the story at MLB.com.
I would never wish an injury on anyone and hopefully, he will be able to re-bound from this and resume a successful career in 2012, if we’re all still here :). This should serve as another warning to those that OVER-HYPE everything from this new pitching phenom to the next “storm of the millennium”.
It’s too bad that he wasn’t named to the All-star team so that one of his 9 MLB games could have been on a big stage. Just kidding. As I said then, how about doing something worthy of the honor first and earning a spot rather than being coronated on the basis of a couple of starts. Thank goodness brighter heads prevailed.
To those that were already to dedicate a plaque to him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, hopefully you have learned your lesson. You might want to study a little baseball history. This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened and it certainly won’t be the last. Maybe next time we can just let the youngster perform and earn their accolades. Hopefully, this story will have a happy ending.
The prospect of Tommy John surgery isn’t as bad as it used to be. Josh Johnson is one of the latest examples of a pitcher that has come back strong and that should provide hope to Strasburg. Then again, you have to be worried.
Best of luck to Stephen with his surgery and its 12-18 month recovery period. I’m sure that we will all cross our fingers and look to forward to his return in 2012. Hopefully,everyone will give the kid a chance and the hype will be less next time around. Don’t count on it.