Posted by Thomas Brennan at 10:01 AM
Tom Brennan – “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…Ouch, That Hurts”
We’ve all marveled at Juan Lagares streaking across the outfield to make jaw-dropping Superman catches. Crashing into fences with abandon to save the day.
Only problem is, unlike Superman, he is quite destructible. Last year tearing his thumb up during a stupendous diving catch which may have saved one game – and messing up most of his season in the process.
The year before, having a screwed up elbow, messing up that season – that one might have been due to an all-out throw and not a dive, but hey, might have been one of those dives that did it.
And other all-out hurtful incidents I can’t recall off the top of my head. Reply to this blog with your memories please.
Now, after a messed up 2016 season due to an inability to avoid extreme acrobatics, we hear he is hurt in a meaningless (to Mets fans) Winter Ball game doing what? What else, diving for a ball.
Methinks he needs to buy some scuba tanks and attend Diving School. And/or also take a diving safety course.
Because Lagares, who I once might be a young Clemente, may instead turn into a young flame-out Fernando Martinez if he keeps this reckless nonsense up. A SMART player needs to pick his spots to give it all for the team. Or the team may tell him one day it no longer needs his damaged butt.
We need him in 2017 – mostly to report to work every day healthy and ready for work. Him on the DL for half the season does not help.
Will he figure that out? Hope so.