June 11, 2009

In praise of the doctor ...




No, not Roy Halladay. Not this (one) time.

I'm talking about Dr. James Andrews, of Birmingham, Alabama, doctor to the stars pitchers.

Dr. Andrews apparently has a monopoly on the burgeoning Tommy John surgery market, thanks in no small part to our Toronto Blue Jays, and up next is Jesse Litsch.

I can't say I'm surprised, so let's forget about Litsch for a second. Can J.P. Ricciardi sign Dr. Andrews? He might as well lock him up. Let the other, less experienced doctors work on the rest of baseball's broken pitchers. Hell, even throw in a no-trade clause, JFJ-style. There could be a press conference, where Dr. Andrews is presented with a jersey, and a cap. It'd be grand. The jersey would, of course, have "DR. ANDREWS" across the back.

Oh shut up, Brad Arnsberg haters. I don't want to hear it. Dr. Andrews has got to eat, too.

One day, in a ceremony at the Rogers Centre with the future president of the ball club (how's that search going, anyway?), the legendary Dr. Andrews will have his name, along with the final number of Tommy John surgeries he will have performed on Blue Jays players, rightfully honoured on the Blue Jays' Level of Excellence.

Inshallah, I will be there, on my feet in applause. Thank you, Dr. Andrews, for mending our wounded.

(See you in a bit, Jesse. Make sure you hit the treadmill.)

UPDATE: Here's Dr. Andrews' jersey. Although I have no idea how many TJ surgeries he's performed on Jays players, it looks pretty fly.




Musings:

At one time, it was Jesse Litsch. Then David Purcey (by default). Scott Richmond, for a bit. Maybe even Ricky Romero, just once. Now, the answer is unequivocal: Brian Tallet is the number two man behind Halladay. The Summer of Tallet, indeed ...

Jason Kapono for Reggie Evans. A post defender with a zeal for rebounding, for arguably the most one-dimensional player in the NBA. Rejoice! Although sadness is there, as this signals the end of the Pops Mensah-Bonsu era in Toronto. For shame ...

The MLB Draft happened. I didn't really care ...

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a new goaltending consultant coach: Francois Allaire. Now they just need a goalie ...


5 comments:

woodpeck said...

Tallet Rules! At least we can trust his stuff day in or out. We're having difficulty saying the same for Ricky and Casey. Jesse will be back in a year/18 months and we look fwd to trusting his stuff when that day happens!

William said...

Tallet has been very effective. Wonder only about his low K/9 in the long run.

Imagine how long guys like Steib would have pitched if Dr. Andrews was around back then?

Is Romero any good? I guess we'll see tonight.

The goalie line cracked me up.

And thanks for the help with Twitter.

Anonymous said...

GARFOOSE!!!!!!
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Ian H. said...

I'm not opposed to putting Dr. Andrews name on the Level of Excellence, but I think Arnsberg's name should go up there first:

"In Arnsberg we trust"

tosportsblog said...

I wonder if Dr. Andrews gets a cut of the Tommy John profits...and if he has a stake in another AL East team...