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Doubt that Olberman et al would’ve huffed and puffed so vehemently had a lower-profile and/or non-big-city player been hurt instead of Diaz.

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Do Olberman and his ilk really not understand what the WBC can mean for a player? They grew up playing baseball in their home country. They played and excelled because of their talent, hard work, and love of the game. They come to the U.S. to fulfill their lifelong dream: play with and against the best in the world and earn a lot of money. The WBC gives them the opportunity to play for their country in a highly competitive, highly publicized event--possibly with old teammates from earlier days. Anyone who begrudges that is simply tone-deaf or just incredibly insensitive.

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I didn’t like the WBC at first but I’ve come around on it and find it to be a cool tournament. Diaz could have sustained the same injury on the field at spring training. He was injured jumping up and down not on a play in the field. It seem quite possible that his patellar tendon might have already been injured or weakened and this injury was going to happen at some point anyway. I’m thinking this because he wasn’t really doing the sort of physical activity at the time that would cause such a serious injury, but I’m not a doctor so it’s just my uniformed opinion. I guess we better cancel the Olympics, not to mention all the out of league games MLS teams play every year.

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I’m a big fan of MLB and the WBC! It sucked when Smyly got injured and never threw a pitch in an MLB game for us. The M’s lost both the money they still had to pay him and the players they gave up to acquire him…..at least I believe it was a trade, not sure of the details these days.

Now, to be exact, Diaz did not get injured playing the game. The injury occurred during the celebration. So, it was his enthusiasm and that of his teammates, many also MLB players, that got him injured, not the game itself. I know, I know, but it is still the reason for the injury.

So, should players be required to be bubble-wrapped and live their lives on tippy-toes to avoid injury year round?

I say let the players play and let the games go on. Injuries happen in everyday life, it’s just the way it goes. Any player could get hurt stepping off a curb or carrying their suitcase up/down stairs.

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