Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
"In 2010 I had a really successful year and I had stepped up my mileage as well as my intensity," Solinsky said. "I saw a benefit and had a great year. I got a little bit greedy. I did 120 miles five weeks of that year and the rest were in the 100-mile range. I thought, 'If I double that, I'm going to get aerobically stronger.'
"So last year I did 12 or 13 weeks at 120 miles or more and none of the runs were very easy. I think my body kind of revolted."
Even Solinsky's coach, Jerry Schumacher, who guided him to five NCAA Division 1 titles at Wisconsin, warned him to slow down.
"I would take an afternoon off and I felt guilty, I felt lazy," Solinsky said. "This is what made me good in high school and college. What is my competition doing? Whatever they're doing, I want to do more."
The hamstring started giving him problems. He saw it as just another obstacle to run through and ignored the pain. Two weeks before the 2011 World Championships, the hamstring had enough. Three of the four major muscles tore off his pelvic bone.
"It's kind of a sad story," Solinsky said. "We were at a training camp. My wife and my dog were there. I tripped over my dog coming down the stairs and caught myself, but I felt something pop in my leg.
There are a million reasons why KGJ could/couldn't have avoided his injuries. It's pure speculation from anyone but KGJ and possibly even him.
I'm in the camp that he was lazy due to his God given talent. (I'm also in the camp that Harold Reynolds is one of the best employees Baseball Tonight ever had and he was unjustly fired. But I digress...)
Some guys are born to play in The Show I believe KGJ was one of them. When something is given to someone at birth, it's rare that it's respected like it would be from someone who has had to work for it.
Harold Reynolds is a terrible analyst.
The Operator (03-13-2013)
All the talk while he was recouping from the injuries was that most athletes wouldn't even be able to get back on the field from that sort of injury let alone be productive at all.
Junior went back to Seattle to say goodbye...to make the last rounds and to influence the young team he joined...he was not there to be Atlas.
I was happy to see both Dunn and Junior gone when they did. I was happy Larkin retired when he did. Not because they were bad people but because they were not going to be the answer to the team moving forward.
I still do not see how anyone who was over the age of 10 during Junior's period with the Reds can say he gave less than EVERYTHING and probably a little more to get back from those injuries.
"Sometimes, it's not the sexiest moves that put you over the top," Krivsky said. "It's a series of transactions that help you get there."
My opinion is that it's much more complicated for a MLB slugger - one in his late thirties at that - to stay strong enough to continue his production than some people have said. There are also factors that are completely out of the players control.
I always see the argument that Griffey never had to work out when he was young, and its just as ridiculous every time. Professional athletes are born with athleticism, no doubt about it, but every single one of these have to put in a ton of work to get to the level they are at. Athleticism alone will not get you to the majors. There is a ton of effort that goes into that, and I think some of you guys are not fully appreciating that aspect of the argument.
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It's just not true. Some folks were born to be world class physicists. Some were born to be world class musicians. Some people were born to be world class baseball, football, hockey, golf, etc....athletes. All they gotta do is show up.
Last edited by TSJ55; 03-13-2013 at 04:18 PM.
Ya know who was dedicated to the game... Gabe Kapler ... that's who.
Or was he just a really fit guy who had a .749 ops?