When you think about it, one season following the Mets HAS to be the equivalent to a year at med school. In all seriousness, I’ve learned far more about the human body from the Mets than any doctor I’ve ever seen. I feel like I could take the MCAT today without having to study.
They say memory tools are the best way to prepare for tests. Well, let’s take a walk down memory lane with a list that not even the best sitcom writers could come up with…
Noah Syndergaard (2018)– Hand, foot and mouth disease / Noah did a good deed and spent time at a kids camp. No good deed goes unpunished.
Yoenis Cespedes (2018)- Calcification in both heels/ It's always a good sign when your workhorse can't stand on his heels.
Brandon Nimmo (2017)– Collapsed lung / I find it hard to breathe when watching this team too, Brandon.
Hansel Robles (2017)- Pinched genitals
Robles had numbness in fingers pitching the ninth. In the eighth he landed awkwardly and pinched his genitals, prompting Ray Ramirez visit.
Matt Harvey (2016)- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome / I still don't understand what this is.
Matt Harvey (2016)– Bladder Infection / Harvey had a hard time going pee-pee.
David Wright (2015)– Spinal Stenosis/ This is cruel and unusual punishment for Captain America.
Dillon Gee (2012)– Blood Clot / Gee went from the modern day Rick Reed to donezo after this scare.
Ike Davis (2012) – Valley Fever / I'm still not convinced Davis wasn't just perpetually hungover.
Angel Pagan (2011)- Ulcerative colitis / As someone with Crohn's, I can confirm that Pagan was not full of shit when ailing from Colitis.
Kaz Matsui (2008)– Unnatural anus skin tear - Talk about a real pain in the ass....
Ryan Church (2008)– Post Concussion Syndrome / It's amazing to think back on how poorly this was handled as we learn more about concussions from the NFL
Jason Isringhausen (1997)– Tuberculosis / Izzy is the 1/1,000,000 case that gets the side effect you always hear on drug commercials
…and that doesn’t even tip the iceberg when it comes to injuries.
I mean, look at that list again. The Mets don’t need a trainer, they need a Chief of Medicine sitting on the bench. I understand some things are just out of your control, but no team should be introducing its fan base to illnesses at the rate the Mets do.
When I think about all the money I’ve spent on tickets, food and beers over the years, it probably does equate to Med school. Yet with all that “schooling,” I haven’t heard what the diagnosis is for the illness us fans have that continue to come back for more year-after-year…
Despite having a possible Cy Young winner and a couple of young bats to be excited about, sometimes the product on the field isn't enough to draw crowds. Enter promotional items. Nothing will get kids and adults more excited than a free bobblehead or baseball cap giveaway at the stadium.
Give us a homestand, one day or even just an at-bat. Wright deserves one last day in the Citi Field sun. If there’s anything good we can take away from this season as fans, it would be getting to see Wright play once more and giving him what could potentially be his farewell sendoff.