Friday, May 12, 2006

Moral Quandry (This Week in Hideous Arm Injuries)

So, imagine you are a Red Sox fan. And you just took 2 of 3 from the evil MFY's and Judas Jones, Right There, Right Now like. So you are already pretty happy. Additionally, in the last game of the series, one of the two MFY's who legitimately terrifies you in clutch situations (Jeter being the other) gruesomely breaks his wrist and will miss the next three months.

What is the appropriate emotional reaction to this injury? It undoubtedly helps the Sox (unless Palpatine Steinbrenner sends $30 Mil or so to the Reds for Junior Griffey), but you don't want to win because the other guy is hurt, do you? Is it wrong that there would be much more glee and much less consternation if it had happened to someone truly deplorable like Slappy McNonClutch or that little biyatch, Dumbo? I'm conflicted here, help a guy out.

5 comments:

Tom Strong said...

Well, as a sort of post-postmodern Yankee fan (I root for their soul, not their victory), I'm sad to see Matsui go down. He's a team player and a stand-up guy, and good to boot. In the Tommy Henrich/Roy White/Paul O'Neill mode.

From a victory standpoint, losing Rodriguez would be worse, of course. He remains the best player in the AL, clutchiness irrelevant. But he also has no soul.

Vector said...

Here's a related story. I listen to sports talk radio. Between 6am and 7am the morning after this injury, the jocks didn't mention the word "Hideki," in conjunction with the word, "Matsui." They perseverated on the gruesome footage of Matt Suhey's wrist injury. Since it was early and I'm slower in the morning, it took me most of that hour to realize they were not talking about the ex-Bear fullback.

Mr Furious said...

Glad I didn't see it. Plays like that scare the shit out of me about playing softball. And I don't spend a lot of my time in the outfield laying it out for balls...

That said, Matsui is far and away the hitter on the Yanks I least like to see in a big spot. Even more than Jeter...

I don't root for injuries, but the Yanks have had more than their fair share of good luck over the last ten (hundred?) years, so I'm comfortable with this...

Kaiser said...

Heh heh...Judas Jones.

Heh heh...Palpatine Steinbrenner.

Word verification: yamgd -- Didn't he play college basketball? Gd Yamgd?

Pooh said...

That's genius, Will.

Though I still call him by his maiden name, yamgd wlls.