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But Harper deemed himself well enough to play after a pregame IV, and he said he felt “solid as a rock” afterward.
I'm just throwing this out there, but what in the world would posses the Nationals to let him on the field if he's so sick he has to throw up in the dugout between innings. If we buy the notion that injuries are more common when player's are tired, isn't this just asking for trouble? More importantly, what if he got even sicker because he didn't rest? is the one game worth losing him for a week for want of one day off?
I get that the kid is almost supernaturally talented, but if the Nationals are going to let the 20 year old kid call the shots then something is going to go mighty wrong before Harper's tenure in DC is over.
Feeling crappy probably makes you less likely to overexert yourself and cause injury. I think the real danger is when someone is physically hurt and they take pain killers to mask the pain and get out there anyway.
He's 20 years old, in great physical shape, and has an off day today. It's the flu, not like he's gutting things out on a bad hamstring or something.
Unless they start intentionally infecting the opposition too.
Was it the flu or the Mickey Mantle / Whitey Ford "flu-like symptoms"?
BTW, I can't speak for everyone, but the times I've had the flu muscle fatigue has been a severe symptom. Weakness in the knees is actually indicative of the flu, isn't it?
and one was a broken-bat that he beat out with some good hustle.
one was a broken-bat that he beat out with some good hustle.
Well, leaving aside what I think is an increased chance of injury, I think letting Harper decide to play sets a bad precedent. But then again, I think the other way can lead to bad stuff too, i.e. Freeman will probably hide his next muscle sprain from the Braves.
You don't get hungover when you're 20, unless you've been an alcoholic since you were 12.
I think I got my first hangover around 32, I remember drinking and getting drunk in my teens and 20's and thinking what was the big deal about hangovers. Hell, I still think that as I've never had the stereotypical hangover.
Seeing as how 1.) Harper doesn't drink as he is both underage and a Mormon ...
the Easter Bunny isn't real.
Somehow I don't think my problem is that I didn't drink enough.
The water only helps so much. I've had quarts of water before bed, after a hard drinking night. It ameliorates hangovers but does not prevent them.
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