One of the more light-hearted moments during yesterday’s SNY broadcast of the Mets 4-0 loss to the Nationals, came right after starter Stephen Strasburg threw pitch number 100 during the game.
It was the first time Strasburg has hit the century mark in pitches thrown in his pro career with the Nats, said Gary Cohen. At which point SNY analyst Ron Darling blurted out, “no ambulance needed.”
Honestly, it was pretty hilarious, especially if you were in on the back story a couple of days earlier when Darling went into an on-air rampage against pitch counts during the game one Mets-Nats broadcast. I mean seriously, Darling was in full attack mode and as he was ripping how some of these young pitchers are being babied or “horses” as he put it, he was suddenly a top trending topic on Twitter. Here were a few of my favorites:
Anyhow, pitch counts… Darling said that all the babying and all the coddling in the world, didn’t prevent Stephen Strasburg from tearing ligaments in his elbow and having Tommy John Surgery. “Injuries just happen”, Darling said. “I look at these 225 pound young stallions being babied and pampered and I’m just so fed up with it.”
“Just let them pitch, they’re pitchers, that’s what pitchers do!”
So, you agree or disagree? Let’s talk about it.