Bah injuries! The bane of all professional athletes. They’ll tell you it comes with the territory but when you’re restricted by age time on the playing field is paramount. And any time lost cannot be given or earned back.
And yes we argue about Ted Williams and how he missed three years piloting a plane during the Korean War during his prime playing years…….and what his numbers would have been…..but that’s just it……the numbers are the numbers.
And so it was sad to see Giancarlo Stanton go down this weekend while (of all things) swinging at and missing a pitch. He’s scheduled to miss four to six weeks and that includes the All Star Game for which he was to be the starting right fielder for the National League.
With no argument, he is the premier power hitter in the game today.
Moreover, he is the consummate professional the game so dearly needs following the departure of Derek Jeter.
Consider this. In just 74 games prior to going on the DL, he amassed 26 home runs and 67 RBI. At that pace he could (and in his case probably would) be closing in on 60 home runs and 150 RBI by the end of the 2015 season.
And so, like Williams his numbers will be his numbers falling far short of those projections and this injury will be a mere footnote in his career narrative.
It’s not like the Florida Marlins are going anywhere. They are a miserable team made even worse now by the loss of Stanton.
Instead it’s the fans who are the real losers when a player of this caliber goes down. Because you don’t leave your seat when he comes to bat…………somthing really special could happen and often it does. One of those towering majestic drives that takes forever to land…..or maybe one of those heat seeking missles that comes off his bat and leaves the yard in a split second……..
Indeed…….a nation of your fans turns its lonely eyes to you………..Come back soon…..we miss you Giancarlo.