[quote name='cmathewson']This. The first thing Ryan did was fire the head trainer, who was the gas leak that set off a firestorm of criticism from blowhards like Barreiro. He was the one who called it "bilateral leg weakness," which sounds like it's cause by a lack of training. It was really a flare up of his knee injury that caused him to favor that leg and strain the other.
This is what bugs me about Mauer, can you show me a link to where he had a sit down interview with a beat reporter and discussed this? Where did he say "I suffered setbacks from my knee surgery that prevented me from training correctly and resulted in overuse of the other leg and leg strain?"
When I look up official reports on this I find:
[QUOTE][FONT=arial]Twins catcher Joe Mauer underwent a minor surgical procedure on his left knee recently, but he is expected to be ready to go by the start of Spring Training[/FONT]
February 2 2010http://minnesota.twi...ok_min&c_id=min
[QUOTE][FONT=arial]General manager Bill Smith confirmed that Mauer received a shot of medicine on Tuesday to help lubricate his knee joint. Smith said the club will proceed slowly with the All-Star catcher during Wednesday's first full-squad workout before "getting him back to full speed on Thursday."[/FONT]
April 15, 2010http://minnesota.twi...ws_mlb&c_id=mlb
[QUOTE][FONT=arial]"They said it was bilateral leg weakness, which is causing all kinds of soreness in his hips," Gardenhire said. "He's starting to get sore in other places, both his legs, his shoulder, his elbow, so we're just going to shut him down."[/FONT]
During this whole time we get quotes about how Mauer should be ready and how minor everything was and then the Bilateral Leg Weakness hits and Mauer isn't willing to explain it. The only quotes I can find from that season from Joe are at the end where he is being combative about Walking Pneumonia:
September 27, 2011http://www.startribu.../130605028.html
[QUOTE][FONT=Arial]Later when asked about concerns that he might have something more serious, Mauer said, "You started this interview off with a term I've never heard of [walking pneumonia]. People are going to put in their own two cents. ...[/FONT]
I don't care about the dingers, the passive personality, the huge contract, ect...... but I do care that he showed almost no concern that entire season that fans actually want to know what is wrong with him. I am concerned that he allowed a vaccum to be created where all this random talk about lyme disease, aids, huge knee issues, ect... was created by the media because he couldn't do a couple of simple 5-10 minute interviews with a beat reporter and keep the media and public aware of what was going on.