strong wrote:JRRNeiklot wrote:There is no way in hell Mantle should be on that list. The man busted his ass every single second he was on the field. He played in more pain than most folks have ever had to deal with flat on their back in a hospital, let alone playing centerfield.
Nor should David Wells. His training regimen may be non-existent, but he plays to win when he's on the field.
I'll agree Mantle played through pain, but he was a notorious drunk and many teammates and journalists feel he never even lived up to his potential. And sure David Wells pitches to win, but once again, his lack of desire to train off the field has probably limited his succes on it.
And, anyway, my list was just a short sample and up for debate, but my point remains the same.
Yeah, that Mantle sure was a waste of talent. If he had applied himself, he'd have been a sure bet for the HOF.
Seriously, Mantle's career defies logic and belief considering how bad his leg was following the sprinkler incident. Plus, he had a disease of some kind (the name of which I can't remember nor pronounce) which caused him tremendous difficulty.
As for the booze, he was hardly alone in overindulging in that activity. And speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that overdoing it in the evening is not that big a deal to a guy in his 20's or early 30's. We're pretty resilient at that age.
Listen, no one loathes the Yankees more than I do...but I'll submit that anyone who thinks Mantle was "lazy" or something akin to that just couldn't be more wrong.