Patrick Reusse blasted for calling Mauer "sissy," suggesting he should've played with concussion
|Reusse (right) apparently thinks Mauer would've played through a concussion if he were tougher.|
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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:
Prince Fielder is huge man who looks like a candidate for bariatric surgery. Joe Mauer is tall, thick w/ look of prototype athlete.-- Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 30, 2013
Looks can be deceiving. Mauer signed 8-yr, $184M contract that kicked in for 2011. Since then, he's played in 342 of 486 games.-- Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 30, 2013
And here's the tweet some found particular objectionable:
Fielder played out contract in Milw. in 2011 & signed 9-yr., $214M w/ Tigers that kicked in for 2012. He's played 486 of 486 games in 3 yrs.-- Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 30, 2013
Here's what Gleeman had to say about Reusse's tweets in a subsequent NBC Hardball Talk post:
Mauer is poster boy for the ethic that has taken over Twins' clubhouse. And Prince is same for the Tigers. To quote me: #playyousissies-- Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) September 30, 2013
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.In other words, Reusse's criticism of Mauer might have gone over a bit better during the halcyon days of "bilateral leg weakness."
And yet here's this from longtime Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist and 1500-ESPN radio host Patrick Reusse regarding Twins catcher Joe Mauer...
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