Sick people (or formerly sick) are faced with a difficult dilemma. We want support from kind and caring people, but at the same time want to be judged and characterized like everyone else.
I am sick, not with a life-threatening bacterial infection, but none-the-less I can sort of relate in being a part of the sick community like Leonys Martin was last year.
That is why I decided to write this…
Martin hit .199 with 9 HR and 19 RBI this season for the Indians. Those are pretty pedestrian numbers here in late-June.
Of course, we are all thankful he recovered from his illness and is even alive (let alone able to play). However, baseball is a bottom-line business. One has to perform to stay in the big leagues regardless of the circumstances.
I’ll speak for Leonys in saying that I bet he wants to be judged on how he’s performing on the field and not kept on the roster out of sympathy due to the illness he sustained last season.
Thus, don’t feel guilty. Just hope he gets another opportunity elsewhere and be thankful he survived and is back to himself.