Mike Napoli takes a lot of bumps and bruises, and he’s having surgery in November. But that surgery has nothing to do with the bumps and bruises: it’s to address his chronic sleep apnea.
The surgery, as reported by WEEI, seems pretty major and sounds like nothing anyone would want. It’s called maxillomandibular advancement surgery, which is the technical term for “we’re gonna cut your jaw bone and move it forward . . . wait, you’re looking pale, do you need some water? Maybe sit down and you’ll stop being queasy surgery.”
But want has nothing to do with it. People who, like Napoli, suffer from sleep apnea and are resistant to less radical treatment like CPAP machines and nasal surgery need this sort of thing. Apnea interferes with sleep and can make your life miserable. And, if it’s serious, the interruption in breathing it causes can pose a serious risk to the person with it.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.