What often goes unsaid when the topic of the Yankees and Curt Schilling is broached is probably more relevant than the conversation itself. First off I didn’t say I wanted to go there, or was going to go there. That’s a non-story, period.
Add to that the following. I’m 41, injured and rehabbing, and the personal history involved. To “GO” somewhere in this game takes two parties, and I would think it would be a safe bet that the Yankees, and their fans, will manage just fine without me ever donning pinstripes. No one ever thinks to follow the discussion to that point but it’s true.
As to the uproar today. It really is a non-story made into a story with second hand conversation and hearsay. I’m absolutely healthier, stronger and all the things you’ hope for at this point. I’ve spent 8 long weeks grinding away at this rehab, committing more time and effor than I think anyone thought going in. It’s paid off through today and the test results back that up.
That being said I have not thrown a baseball yet. That’s not a small thing. I will be the first to admit I expected the everyday pain to return within 3-4 weeks of the shot, but it has not. Every day I check in at the beginning of my workouts and the line of questioning is always the same “How is the shoulder today, 1-10″ and the worst day I have had pain wise since day 1 has been a 2, maybe a 3 tops.
The ankle has certainly become a sore spot and I think that’s more to do with the huge increase in cardio over the past few months, but even before that, back through 2005, the discomfort is something that’s just part of everyday living now. Explained to me was that one of the 4 surgeries done when they opened it up was to remove the ‘dead bone’ that had died during the season, and even with a subsequent shave of the surface to promote potential healing, nothing was guaranteed. I’ve never had arthritis but that is what it is I am told. So dealing with that is almost an afterthought, it’s there, it’s not going away, so dwelling on it, talking about it is not going to make it hurt more, less or change anything other than what’s on my mind, doing no one any good.
My left knee is a bit sore as well but I was made aware 13 years ago when I had it repaired that ‘someday’ it would be an issue. I just didn’t expect some day to be while I was still playing. I had a small bucket handle tear of the meniscus and the two options were to stitch the tear, or remove the tear. Stitching meant longer rehab, less discomfort later, removing meant much faster rehab, with ramifications later. Hmm, not sure that was the smartest move.
The team looks good, very good. Please stop the Papi talk too. Check back in September when he’s at 305 30 something HRs and 100+ RBI’s, and then laugh at this uproar. Mike looked as good as I have seen him since I have been here last night. Big win last night. The pitcher in me felt horrible for Borowski, I just felt something had to be wrong given he looked like he was putting normal effort into the pitch but what was coming out was not his stuff. Hope it turns out ok for him.
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