Game 151, Mariners at Royals
RRS v Meche.
It’s a little funny that the day after we find out Bedard is going under the knife to correct a shoulder problem that’s probably made pitching close to agonizing, the Mariners will face Gil Meche, who the team overworked and operated on a couple of times. The M’s and many fans felt that many of Meche’s post-first-operation problems were due to his general lack of testicular fortitude, right up to and past the point where it turned out his shoulder would need surgery again. No one ever went back and apologized for telling him to pitch through the pain, or for saying he was a coward for complaining of pain when he’d go deep into games. And in Bedard’s case, we’re seeing the same thing — faced with evidence that they didn’t know anything about what was going on with him and they should have refrained from making character judgments, you can head over to other blog comment sections and see people doubling down on Bedard-as-wimp.
I look forward to the day when we’re past this kind of thing and pitchers can be honest about what they’re experiencing and their health, and teams and fans will listen to them.