I have to agree with a recent comment from “Mark” regarding Clint Hurdle’s schedule of “regular days off” for starters on the team. Now trust me, despite Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig, I DO believe that a well placed day off is fine for most players. Occasionally. Now and then. Not once a week. This is baseball folks and most will remember those days of youth when we played all day and barely made it back to the dinner table on time. It’s not body on body contact like football. It’s not non-stop skating and checking like hockey. It’s not running up and down the court like basketball. Frankly, it’s almost pleasant standing in the field with only a one in nine chance of the ball being hit our way. We are in comfortable clothing, not impeded by large pads or heavy equipment. On offense our turn at bat only comes up every three innings or so. In the meantime, we get to sit in the dugout and eat sunflower seeds, tease our pals on the team, and drink Gatorade to our heart’s content. Whew!
These are high-paid professional athletes. Here is one example (that happens every week). Jordy Mercer was 2 for 2 on Tuesday the 13th of June. David Freese was 2 for 4 the same day. Between the two of them they had 4 of the 9 hits the Pirates had in a winning Tuesday game. BOTH had “regular days off” on Wednesday. Mind you, the Pirates are OFF on Thursday, so it’s nice that the boys have a 2 day respite from their work….and those five months to look forward to when they are off October, November, December, January and February. What would Gehrig and Ripken think?