Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Will Middlebrooks is Angry

I didn't get much reaction when I first posted about Will Middlebrooks playing with two broken ribs. However, that all changed when I revealed that Middlebrooks was my source and I went ahead and posted the direct message twitter conversation as the proof.

Peter Abraham quickly followed me on twitter to scold me over direct message saying that it was awful of me to try and hurt Middlebrooks like that.

The truth is I posted the Middlebrooks conversation in an effort to defend him from his growing critics. When Middlebrooks first told me that he was going to play through the injury and keep it quiet I had a bad feeling that it would not end well.

Middlebrooks followed me again on twitter briefly to contact me via direct message once I posted the story. He was not happy. He accused me of trying to stir things up and mess with his career. We went back and forth for a while and I tried to explain to him the exact opposite.

Middlebrooks is listed as going on the DL with back spasms. Very few people go on the DL with back spasms and since he does have two broken ribs this stint on the DL will probably last a bit longer than most fans realize. Middlebrooks is setting himself up to be labeled soft when the truth is he is anything but soft. Jacoby Ellsbury knows all about trying to deal with that unfair label. Middlebrooks insisted he did not need my help and wanted to do things his way. He calmed down a bit at the end and insisted he was not worried about the fans perception of him. It was clear that he did not want to deal with the issue with the media though.

Middlebrooks has every right to be upset. I did promise I would not post the information. However, our original conversation puts Will in the best light. He comes off as a team first guy who doesn't care about individual numbers but only wins. He also comes off as one tough as hell ballplayer. A far cry from the growing perception that he is a flash in the pan who has regressed defensively and now has to go on the DL because he can't handle "back spasms". My intent was to do Middlebrooks a favor.

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