Last week, Hideki Matsui of the Yankees broke his wrist while diving for a fly ball. He’s out for the rest of the season, and he apologized to the fans for getting injured. His apology garnered a lot of attention in the media, and the general consensus is that it wasn’t necessary for him to apologize. I disagree.
A good athlete knows how to play without getting injured. When a chef prepares a meal, he makes sure not to cut himself with a knife. He does this because he knows that the customers (with the obvious exception of Dracula) don’t want blood in their food. When EMS workers are rushing to an emergency, they put on the ambulances sirens and flashing lights. They do this because they know that if they get into an accident, they’ll be too injured to get to the scene of the emergency. So if chefs and EMS workers take the proper precautions to ensure their own safety so that they can better serve the public, why shouldn’t Matsui? Before the game started, Matsui wasted valuable warm-up time by stretching. What he should have done was practice diving to the ground. If he had done that–no–if he cared enough to have done that, he would have discovered the proper way to dive for a fly ball without getting hurt. He didn’t do that though, because he doesn’t give a shit about the fans. That’s why he apologized. He said, “I’m sorry for getting injured,” but what he was really saying was, “I’m sorry for having been too lazy to practice my diving.”
Not only should Matsui have apologized, but I think he should be thrown out of baseball.
cc: William Hurt
May 24, 2006