The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.” Which is good to hear.
But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce that a player’s surgery was “a total disaster.”
“Oh god, it was awful,” a team spokesman said. “They got in there and it was like spaghetti. The doctor tried — dear sweet lord, did he try! — but the surgery went sideways from the first slice and got worse from there. A nurse cried. I saw her crying. Thank god we got the guy to sign a waiver before he went under. Will someone get me a drink?”
Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.
Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.
Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.
As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.
But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:
Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.
But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.