Jose Guillen is off to an alarming start this year, with a .361/.410/.861 batting line and five home runs through 36 at-bats. But life wasn’t always so sweet.
The Royals outfielder told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he “almost died” last year due to blood clots in both of his legs:
“I had to stay in St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in
the offseason) just lying in bed,” said Guillen. “My legs were so big, so swollen
up. They were purple. I couldn’t even walk on them. I couldn’t feel my
legs. … I went to the hospital, and I was crying because I couldn’t
feel my leg. I was thinking, ‘What’s going on here?'”
Former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas died from a similar blood clot issue 10 years ago after being paralyzed in a car crash and Guillen’s Kansas City-based doctors were worried for a bit that Jose might meet the same fate. Luckily, he made it through the trying process and is making a big splash in 2010 — a contract year for the 33-year-old.
JaCoby Jones was called up by the Tigers and made his major league debut yesterday. His parents, from Mississippi, had to scramble to get to Detroit to watch their son in action, but it was well worth the scramble: young Mr. Jones had two hits and two RBI as the Tigers won.
Jones’ first hit was an RBI double which broke a tie. It also caused his mom to break into tears:
Baseball is weird. That could be the first hit in an illustrious big league career. It could also be his peak as a major leaguer. Nothing is ever guaranteed. But Jones and his folks have that moment forever.
I used to be pretty anti-wave because I thought it was kind of dumb and that spending effort on it and not on paying direct attention to the game was a failure of priorities. As has been the case with a lot of things in the past two or three years, however, I’ve lightened up about that. As a part of a larger change of heart in which I determined that hating what other people like and which doesn’t cause me or others harm is not generally worth my time, I’ve left the wave alone. I still think it’s rather silly, but if you wanna be silly at the ballpark, go on and do it. You paid your money to be there.
Not everyone feels this way, however. Including some players:
I dunno, man. The Mets had a lead after one inning and never relinquished it. I’m not sure when this wave went down, and I’ll grant that if it came at a super tense part of the game it would be more annoying. But the Mets are playing some great baseball right now and a well-loved player — Curtis Granderson — hit a couple of homers off the bench. Let ’em be happy, Noah.
UPDATE: This is part of a larger “ballpark rules” feature from SNY: