Former Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger, Corey Seager, finished the Dodgers’ magical 2017 season with a sore elbow and back that limited his throwing and ultimately, his playing time. He didn’t take part in the NLCS against the Cubs. Reactivated for the World Series, Seager batted a measly .222 – probably due as much to his ailing body as the Houston Astros pitching staff. There were ominous rumbles afterward that he would need offseason surgery.
Seager opted not to go under the knife, and he reported to Spring Training with statements that everything was hunky-dory.
“I feel good, I did all the rehab, all that stuff. Started a throwing program in January so I will be a little delayed just with the throwing program. But the back feels good. Everything is all right.” – Corey Seager
The Dodgers and their faithful breathed a sigh of relief, but there were those among us (including your crack LADR analysts) who held our collected breath and hoped the rubber bands would hold.
When news broke that Seager was being shut down for the season, and he would undergo Tommy John surgery, the lines lit up with folks angry at Seager for not having surgery immediately after the season. At least one popular Twitteree filled a thread with firebombs tossed at Corey for his not having the surgery sooner, and blaming him for dealing a blow to the Dodgers’ already lackluster 2018 season and pushing his recovery into 2019.
Give the kid a break. I’m sure Seager didn’t try to get by without going under the knife because he was selfish or stupid or any of the other words being tossed at him. It’s probably something a lot simpler than that. Seager may have simply been afraid.
Who wants to be operated on? Do you relish the thought of being placed under anesthesia and being cut open? I don’t. Would you rush into surgery only to have your career possibly ended? I wouldn’t. If your doctor thought there was a chance surgery could be avoided, would you brush that aside and push for the drastic procedure? I wouldn’t.
How many of us put off just going to the doctor or dentist due of fear of the unknown? Seager doesn’t owe anyone surgery. Do you think because you buy a ticket and a hot dog, or tweet, or rant in comment sections, that athletes personally owe it to you to go under the knife?
Corey Seager did what thousands of us do every day. He put off a scary procedure and hoped therapy or a different treatment might avert the need for being flayed like a fish. It didn’t work out and now he will undergo the invasive treatment. I don’t envy him.
Chances are he’ll recover, but it will be a long time before any of us know how well. Rather than toss blame at the guy, we should be sending support. That’s the road I’m taking.