Marcell Ozuna And Giancarlo Stanton Deserve Way More Criticism For This Reaction To Their Outfield Collision
I don't mean to come off as the obnoxious hockey fan that expects athletes to perform through any and all injuries no matter the circumstance, but what the FUCK was that?!? If two guys are going to collide due to their own negligence and then lay there lifelessly while play goes on around them then they better be braindead or unconscious. I'm not saying running into another man at full speed with no protection doesn't hurt, but if it's not going to hurt enough to sideline you for the rest of the game then you have to at least attempt to hit the cutoff man. Let's be real, all these guys did was trip over each other and fall in some dirt. I've seen elementary schoolers do a better job persevering through similar collisions. Two multimillion dollar athletes just lying there in their own self pity like they play for the 'Bad News Bears' while they let a runner casually round the bases on their watch? I don't feel bad for Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton. Calling off a teammate on a fly ball is something you learn in grade school. I feel bad for their teammates because they missed out on a prime opportunity to ream them out because they were too concerned for their health. I'm sure they would have been screaming "GET UP!!!" until they went hoarse if they knew these two were going to be spry as a spring chicken the next time their name came up in the batting order.
This is why I just can't watch baseball until October. Not because the sport isn't "tough" enough for me per se, but because I can't act like the outcome of mid-May games matters when the participants would rather let a runner score - while wallowing in self imposed scraps and bruises - than even attempt to move a muscle and potentially strand a runner.
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