Gomes on Wainwright

I just got off of the phone with Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes, who wanted to clarify and respond to a blog item that he was singing or celebrating the elbow injury of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. (Update — I should have added this in at the start, but Gomes denies the report).

I was present in the clubhouse when Gomes walked in. He was singing — but it was a song from the original Karate Kid movie — “You’re the best around…” As for what he said about Wainwright, Gomes’ account follows:

“I was doing an interview with [Rob] Dibble and Dibble gave me the breaking news that Wainwright was flying back to St. Louis with arm problems. That’s all I heard. I came in and I said ‘is Wainwright gone, is Wainwright gone?’

“To clear up everything, I came up with Wainwright. I know Wainwright. I think he’s one of the top notch pitchers in the National League and baseball. Outside of different uniforms that we wear and different cities we play in, playing in the Major Leagues, we’re all brothers. There’s a brotherhood there. There’s one thing you would never wish upon any other player and that’s an injury. We’ve all had them at some point coming up and we might currently be having one now.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would never wish anyone an injury. If they did have an injury, you wish them the best in rehab. As Major League ballplayers, we have a brotherhood for each other. On the field, we’re going to battle and play our nine innings and we’re going to compete. Off the field, we’re still human and we have families. There’s one thing you don’t wish upon anyone and that is an injury. Even if they are on the other team, you wish them the best of health. If Wainwright is gone, it doesn’t mean anything to us. It maybe gives them the opportunity to make a trade for another big ace. The Cardinals are top notch themselves. They’ve battled with injuries there. They are a top notch organization with a top notch general manager and a top notch ownership.”

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Maybe he could educate his second baseman on what it’s like in the “brotherhood.”

is anyone supposed to believe this?

Fuhgeddabowtit! Player says something stupid and then makes things worse by explaining. Old news. God only knows what I’d say if a microphone was stuck in my face night after night. Meanwhile, I still think the Cardinals are the team to worry about in the Central Div. So how are the Reds looking? Has the weather screwed them up? And so forth.

Believe it or not. Some people always want to believe the negative things being reported and won’t believe anything positive. Pretty sad, isn’t it?

redstockings54: It’s not as sad as someone who believes everything they hear and read. Usually the truth is somewhere in between. It’s easy to see how a player might have that initial reaction, not wishing another player ill as much as selfishly looking to how it may benefit his team. In the Reds’ case, it might actually mean that they can win series against the Cards this year. The problem for me is not believing the report, but rather, wondering why Gomes found it hard to face family and friends (his words, as quoted on another blog) if he didn’t do anything wrong.

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