Question: Why is the World Baseball Classic played mere weeks before the season, featuring some of the brightest stars, competing for a worthless trophy, risking their precious limbs to pre-pre-season injuries? It's bad enough that they have to play so many games in that fruity league (pineapple? grapefruit?) that the WBC seems to only be further jeopardizing their chances in playing in games that actually matter. To us, that is.
The Mets announced that they will have 15 representatives in the three-week World Baseball Classic that begins early next month. Here are the Mets going and the countries they will represent:
Australia: Stefan Welch
Canada: Shawn Bowman.
Dominican Republic: Jose Reyes
Mexico: Elmer Dessens, Oliver Perez
Panama: Ruben Tejada
Puerto Rico: Carlos Beltran, Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Pedro Feliciano, Jesus Feliciano, Nelson Figueroa
United States: J.J. Putz, David Wright
Venezuela: Francisco Rodriguez
Now I wouldn't mind (actually, I'd really love) if Francisco Rodriguez or J.J. Putz blew not one save this entire season, but if it's because they are nursing an injury that they sustained while they were battling for their respective country, then that is one war wound that will never receive a medal. From us, that is.
Wendy Adair writes, on BleacherReport.com, in an article titled "Mets fans should be happy to see their players in the WBC," - "Obviously there is always concern about injury, but that can happen anytime, anywhere...On the U.S. Airways Flight that landed in Hudson River, David Wright was falsely rumored to be on that plane. If he were in fact on that plane or any other type of accident, even in his own home, he would still potentially miss part of the regular season."
Brilliant Wendy, just brilliant. You're either
1) Not a Mets fan,
2) Rooting to see Eddie Kunz in the closing role come season time, or
3) Using journalistic-enhancement drugs incorrectly.
"No more carrot cutting for you Carlos." "David, I heard you mowed your lawn, please step into my office." "Murphy, what type of shinanigans are you trying to pull by putting your car into reverse in attempt to back out of that spot? Huh? HUH?"
Yes, the list can go on. The list of non-intelligent, apple and orange comparing, way out of left field dealing, writers who should be in a fruit league of their own.
"Injuries can happen all the time, and anywhere." So true. Sort of like when a certain blogger walks out her home and has a large tree suddenly yell silent timber from behind her? Yup. Just like that.
Enjoy your wooden trophy, Wendy. From us, that is.