Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Remember when Matt Kemp played Basketball?

Baseball players should not be playing Basketball. Why risk your career? I'll talk about Matt Kemp in a moment but first let's talk about Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher and 2009 Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.

He got hurt playing Basketball. From JS Online {linked here}

Now we know what Zack Greinke did to his ribs. And it's not good.

The Brewers just announced that Greinke has a hairline crack in the seventh rib on his left side and the eighth rib is bruised. He will go on the disabled list at some point and won't be ready for the start of the season, much less an expected opening day start.

Greinke had been nursing sore ribs throughout camp but kept saying they were feeling better and wouldn't tell us what he did other than to say "it was something stupid." Today, he admitted he was hurt playing a pickup basketball game at the outset of camp and fell on the side going for a rebound.
"I've been doing this for a couple of years now and people always said, 'You're going to get hurt.' It finally caught up to me, playing basketball. I was going up for a rebound and fell on the side. I was hoping it was just bruised. I had a lot of fun doing it but it wasn't worth it.

"I didn't think it was going to be as bad as it was. I was thinking it was just a bruise and pitching through it. There's a lot more negative pitching with it than positive. I'm going to have to take a little bit of time off. Hopefully, not too much time."

So it's not a big deal. His career is not over. He's only going to miss two starts. But still. Why risk it? You'll have time to play Basketball when you retire.

Apparently, Greinke won't be fined. More from JS Online. {linked here}

I just spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin about the manner in which right-hander Zack Greinke suffered a cracked rib, which will put him on the DL to start the season.

Melvin said Greinke did not violate his contract by playing a game of pick-up basketball, which is how he was injured near the start of camp.

"The contract stipulates against playing 'competitive' basketball," said Melvin. "They don't want you playing in men's leagues or things like that. If he had suffered a severe injury playing in a men's league, there probably would be repercussions with his salary.

I don't get it. What's the difference between "competitive basketball" and "pick-up game"?

Are you going to tell me that you don't play hard when it's just a "pick-up game"?

Because let me tell you that Matt Kemp once played a "pick-up game" and he was playing harder than Lamar Odom of the L.A. Lakers.

I'm serious.

December, 2009. It was a charity game at Westchester High School. Matt Kemp was one of the celebrities to play.

Kemp played hard. Went for the rebounds. A couple of Slam Dunks. Defense. Pushed the opponents to score. He was Magic Johnson for an hour.

I still remember when a fan yelled "Don't get hurt! The Dodgers need you!" and Kemp yelled back "I'm an athlete man!"

Check out these two posts I wrote. Click here and here.

Videos that I shot -

Kemp knocks out his opponent. 

Kemp grabs rebound and scores -

Check out the other links for more videos.{linked here}

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