They're all a bunch of wimps. Try doing construction work for 10 hours a day Monday thru Friday and 5 hours on Saturday every week for 12 months out of the year.
How much "work" do these over-paid well-conditioned athletes really do? I understand there is more to their day than just playing the game but really! Physically they don't exert themselves unless they're running on the field somewhere. Almost half the game they're sitting in the dugout. That 2 hours on the field waiting for the ball to get hit to them must be strenuous. I suppose swinging for the fences everytime can cause oblique strains and tweaked wrists, sore shoulders and pulled muscles but then maybe you should be smarter than that and not swing harder than you need to. I laugh everytime I hear someone isn't playing because they need rest. He can rest after the game and on scheduled off days.
How many people are watching your 10 hour work day under a thick microscope?How many people call you out when you dog it the last 2 hours or your day?Take an extra 10 minutes for lunch?Not carry the max load every single time to a jobsite?
And the real question is....does your company have people lined up to take your spot when your back is a little sore and can't haul as much?A "sore muscle" or a "tweaked back" or a "strained hamstring" is the difference between making a throw, making an extra base, 5-6 MPH on your fastball..With professional athletics, especially baseball, there is such a thin line between being a capable major league player and not.If a guy can't run to first, he isn't playing period.If my pitcher who throws 95, can only get 88 because of something in his arm, he isn't playing.He isn't good enough too."The shucks, you don't do much, rub some dirt on it" doesn't apply because there are people who can get it done.
I absolutely hate the argument that athletes are above us and need to work harder when everything they do is live for the world to see.Eddie doesn't hustle down to 1st on a grounder to the pitcher? We light him up on the forum.A guy is held out of the lineup with a sore back?We light up him in the forum.There is no one watching me intensely right now thinking..."Wow, swainzag is posting on that dang Twins Daily site again instead of doing his work paperwork again let's get rid of him"