AquaMan2342 wrote:Health is a skill? Probably the stupidest thing I have ever read.
There's no doubt that there is plenty you can do to avoid certain injuries, but was Ripken so skillful at swinging the bat in a manner that avoids foul tips smashing his shin or breaking his toes? Was he so graceful as to avoid every player coming into second with spikes up? Or colliding with an incoming outfielder trying to catch a shallow fly ball? You know, the kinds of injuries that unskilled players get every year.
I'm just flabbergasted on how some of you can attribute his entire streak to luck... Considering that active leader for consecutive games played has changed several times over the past year - at one time Francoeur, Sizemore, Howard, Young, and Pierre. Hell, Francoeur's ended at 370. Ripken's ended at over 2600. All time after Gehrig, next in line has HALF as many as Ripken.
So if this was all luck, statistically Ripken would what, have a better chance to get struck by lightning and winning the lottery the same day?
Yes, I think the idea that Ripken was somehow lucky and did not get his fair share of foul tips off the toes, spiked shoes, and collisions is silly. He did. He got just as many as every other player, probably more, given his position. Yes, he was lucky, in that none of them was so serious that they absolutely prevented him from playing, but few baseball injuries are like that. Most baseball injuries are tweaks, strains, sprains, contusions, etc. And most players might take a day or two off, or even need a 15 day DL to recover from that "strained oblique". But, if you've ever seen Ripken up close, you can understand that often he would get the best of any collision. He's an absolute rock. And, Ripken's skill was in being able to play through those minor injuries, often at a very high level of play.
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