The situation warranted addressing the media at some point, yesterday was that day. Given what’s happened over the past three months the discussion was not going to go anyone’s way in the end.
Suffice to say it’s over, and I am rehabbing and doing everything possible to get healthy and pitch again. Were there disagreements? Sure. Does that matter now? Absolutely not. The course of action has been laid out and I am dead set on making this work.
I will pitch again, and win, but it will be on a timetable I just don’t know yet.
Anyone looking for an angle, and by the posts there are quite a few, other than what the situation really is are wrong and getting more wrong every post. There was no $$ angle, there was no deception. I’ve done many dumb things and said even dumber things in my life, but I’m ok saying I’ve been a man of my word my entire life. When I screw up, and that’s not a rarity, I have never had issues with being called out.
I negotiated the deal healthy, and in good faith. Things went south, that sucks, but that’s also life sometimes. If it does turn out that I don’t pitch again there is not one regret in the world I could have. What the Lord has allowed my family and I to see and experience over the past 22 years exceeds immeasurably what I could have dreamed up at the beginning.
The Red Sox were never in the dark and knew the first day there were problems. There have been many lengthy discussions and a lot of dialog. I wish to God I wasn’t where I am, but that’s not going to change anything, to call this unfortunate or unlucky is a stretch I think, there are millions of people with true problems in life a lot worse off than I am, or we are. The club will certainly survive, I just hope I can get back and help at some point.
At the end of the day this really is and was a business decision on their behalf, and regardless of what you think that’s the way it is, and has been. At the moment they are out 8 million dollars for a guy that cannot pitch, that can’t be a good thing. I’d bet that I’ll figure out some way to validate this entire thing when it’s all said and done. If you don’t like that, or believe that, then feel free to bet against me, it won’t be the first time.
As far as life now, the day is pretty standard. I am at the park between 6-6:30 each morning and starting at 7 am on a regimented shoulder program followed by strength/cardio work with our strength coach Dave Page. Not really pushing the shoulder hard right now as Mike builds some foundation through exercise that will allow us to strengthen areas that must be addressed before we move to the next steps.
As far as the team goes, I will post a few early observations and some daily/weekly stuff as we start to move into full squad stuff and games. I don’t question for a second that this team is fully loaded to repeat as World Champions, now it comes down to getting ready, staying healthy and maintaining that chemistry that has formed with this great mix of guys.