Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
LaRue is claiming the incident ended his career because he got a concussion over it and doctors told him he shouldn't play (he had previous concussions). So, it's no laughing matter. I wouldn't be surprised if LaRue ends up suing over it, although I hope it doesn't come to that. Plus, LaRue has plenty of money in the bank due to the Reds overpaying him all those years. Compare our catching situation now to the LaRue years. Yikes.
I hope LaRue doesn't sue as well, and I don't think he wiil. I don't think he would have much of a case if he did. Nobody forced him to join the brawl. We all know that players can get hurt when they get involved in a brawl. I'm a little upset that Chris Carpenter joined in, because losing any of you starting pitchers for an extended period of time would hurt any team, and I don't think he had any reason to be out there. I understand wanting to protect your teammates, but let someone else do that. I think that was a role that LaRue was taking. He got hurt doing it. Let's face it though, he is 37 this year. How many catchers are still playing after age 37? I don't know if LaRue would have been playing this year anyways...fight or no fight. Sure, it's easier for him to say that he is retiring because of the fight. That may be part of the reason, but I don't think it's the only reason.