Patrick Reusse blasted for calling Mauer "sissy," suggesting he should've played with concussion

Categories: Media beefs, Twins
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Reusse (right) apparently thinks Mauer would've played through a concussion if he were tougher.
Yesterday, veteran Star Tribune columnist and 1500 ESPN radio host Patrick Reusse criticized Joe Mauer for regularly missing games due to injury, including all of them from August 19 onward this season following a concussion.

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But Reusse's criticism of a player suffering from a brain injury didn't sit well with Twins and NBC baseball blogger Aaron Gleeman.

First, here's Reusse's comments, which came in the context of a comparison of Tigers slugger Prince Fielder and Mauer: And here's the tweet some found particular objectionable: Here's what Gleeman had to say about Reusse's tweets in a subsequent NBC Hardball Talk post:
Given how many careers have been derailed by concussions and all we've begun to find out about the ugly long-term impact of brain injuries on former athletes it seems unfathomable to me that a prominent veteran mainstream media member would still be ripping players for not playing through a concussion.

And yet here's this from longtime Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist and 1500-ESPN radio host Patrick Reusse regarding Twins catcher Joe Mauer...
In other words, Reusse's criticism of Mauer might have gone over a bit better during the halcyon days of "bilateral leg weakness."

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INGY
INGY

Gotta agree on Mauer being a "sissy" but not for the concussion.  He had a huge 2009 and decided to swing for the fences just to get a contract where he can sit at home and not have to worry about playing in an actual pressure-filled environment like New York or Boston, both of whom had interest.  Mauer?  No thanks, he'd rather just go fishing.  After he signed the contract, he decided to go back to hitting all these pansy singles, refusing to "change his game" to hit home runs like, you know, he did in 2009.  Worst contract in team history.

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

I thought Reusse retired with that other doucebag whats his name? THE Garagelogic wiener. 1500.BARF.

mplstim56
mplstim56

ha, ha, reusse is hoist on his own petard.... by his own figures, Mauer received  $201,754 per game he played, ($23 mill times 3 divided by 342 games)  vs, Fielder getting only $146,296 per game he's played the past three years (and he actually got less than that since the first year he was receiving a lower salary, but assume $23.7 mill. times 3 divided by 486 games, the poor sap)

So obviously Mauer is a much better player to get paid so much more per game he plays... no?

    But Reusse is an expert on sissies, I suppose. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

 Has anyone ever seen Mauer get mad during a game? It would be more interesting if he had a switch that would flip once in a while.

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

Did Mr. Reusse play sports at one point? Was he hit too many times on the head?

derricktsweet
derricktsweet

A friend of mine grew up playing with Mauer,  he said he was hurt all the time then too, even in little league

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

would you take a chance when you know your entire organization sucks and is bound to fail?

Scott Gunvaldson
Scott Gunvaldson

And Reusse looks like the guy on Breaking Bad who has to ring a bell to communicate.

Jon McLaughlin
Jon McLaughlin

This is BS CityPages. Reusse never said he should have played with a concussion. He simply said that he DIDN'T play. He talked in depth about it on the radio yesterday and said that while he would like to see more toughness from a team that has lost 200+ games in 3 years, he was not suggesting Mauer risk his life.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

what rupar fails to mention is that reusse never mentioned missing games due to a concussion..its one of many "injuries" mauer has "had"..garbage reporting as one expects from city pages

SidVicious
SidVicious

And people think Reusse is relevant, why?

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

mauer is a sissy..cant believe everyone doesnt know yet

Jonathan L. Ford
Jonathan L. Ford

It's really easy to play a game involving twitch reflexes and split second decisions involving a ball flying around at 90+ MPH when you have a brain injury.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Scott Gunvaldson Which means absolutely nothing in relation to the topic at hand. Well done!

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Tim Stang you don't consider the CP blog to be "reporting," do you? please tell me you have more sense than that.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Tim Stang Mauer haters like you are the dumbest sports fans in Minnesota.  

tim3b15
tim3b15

@MicheleBachmann na its jackasses like you that make the twins happy to field a terrible excuse for a baseball team...just donate your money and drink $8 beer

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