It was announced today that rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals will need Tommy John surgery and will be out of baseball until 2012. This isn’t funny. It’s actually pretty unfortunate for any fan of major league baseball.
What is funny are the number of brilliant tweets, making fun of Rob Dibble for criticizing Stephen Strasburg’s toughness.
For those of you who don’t know, Rob Dibble—a former pitcher for the Reds in the 90’s—recently criticized Strasburg after he exited his last start with pain in his forearm. Here’s what he said:
“Okay, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can’t have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow…. Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period. You need to know the difference between pain and injury. When I was 12, my arm hurt. When I was in my teens and I would throw and walk off the mound when I was a starter, my arm would throb. I couldn’t even hold a glass of water. And you know what? I loved it. I was so sick, I loved it, ’cause I felt okay, I’m throwing hard enough to make my arm shake when I’m just standing there.’ So I was a totally different animal than I think has been created here with Strasburg, where now you’re telling this kid as soon as you feel any arm pain, call us and we’ll come help you. Please.”
Now Dibble is forced to take his foot and plant it firmly in his mouth. It’s times like this that I truly love Twitter. So many great tweets have come out this morning. Here are some of the best I’ve found.
As expected, most of them are from the Sports Pickle
sportspickle I guess DC sports fans can stop pretending they like baseball once every five days now.
sportspickle Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery. Rob Dibble: “More like PUSSY John surgery, am I right?!”
sportspickle I bet Tommy John wishes Tommy John Surgery was the name of penis reduction surgery.
sportspickle Later today: John Wall crashes his car into Bryce Harper, who falls into Donovan McNabb. (And Ovechkin? He just loses at something.)
gourmetspud “Something wrong with your *left* arm? Get back out there, pussy!” – Dibble
jfdulac :Top trending topic in DC at this very moment: “Rob Dibble.” (Several slots down: “Tommy,” “Strasburg,” “Surgery.”)
@ChrisKanard: Someone put Bryce Harper in some bubble wrap…
Lizzs_Lockeroom: There is no crying in baseball.. except in DC right about now
PaulMasella :Albert Haynesworth debacle, Stephen Strasburg ligament and Glenn Beck rally. Nice going Washington. Your move Cleveland
Of course, I have to give myself a plug…
livingwithballs Stephen Strasburg just screwed up everyone’s keeper league
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