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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Miracles: John D’Acquisto on Dr. Frank Jobe, UCL surgery & Jefferson Airplane

“Do you have a job,” Dr. Kerlan says, very concerned about your answer.


“Yeah,” you reply earnestly, snapping back for a moment, fighting the inevitability of this conversation’s direction as best you can, “Starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.”


“No, John,” Dr. Jobe interjects, “That’s not what he means.” Dr. Kerlan repeats himself.


“Do you have a job? There’s only a 40% chance you’ll ever throw a baseball again.”


Dr. Jobe and Dr. Kerlan detail the nuances of the surgery. You don’t hear a damn thing for five minutes.


“You may never play baseball again” is the only phrase playing in your mind right now on an endless, somber loop.


All the joy within you dies, and you start to cry.

djordan Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4724236)
Amazing. Heartbreaking.

All at once....
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4724245)
Not the work of a polished writer, but a pretty cool piece nonetheless.
   3. Zach Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4724572)
I've liked all of D'Aquisto's stories. They have a real sense of time and place.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4724584)
If demi-Tommy John surgery made him accept Jefferson Starship after liking The Airplane, then I'm against Tommy John surgery
   5. DanO Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4724594)
Great piece, but I don't think I'll be able to forgive him for getting "Miracles" stuck in my head. That song had the worst lyrics ever--"I had a taste of the real world / When I went down on you, girl." Ugh.
   6. Posada Posse Posted: June 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4724616)
I didn't notice the Jefferson Airplane reference in the title, so I was guessing he was talking about the Stones as the band that "lost its fastball", and of course, "Angie" as the saccharine ballad (wrong year too, Angie's from 1973).
   7. Tubbs & Minnie Miñoso don't fear Sid Monge Posted: June 13, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4724655)
I always enjoy D' Acquisto's articles, he does great job of painting an image of what baseball and his life were like in 1975.
I never knew "Miracles" had those cheesey dirty lyrics, pretty bad. However, D' Acquisto's previous article "Mahogany" made me appreciate "Do You Know Where You're Going To"

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