Thumb injuries to Andrew Bailey and Josh Beckett have sports radio hosts on both stations in town questioning and mocking the toughness and dedication of the pitchers. Massarotti threw around the word “hypochondriac” in reference to Bailey. It was also suggested that Beckett merely wants to spend some more time with his wife and daughter instead of starting the season.Thumb wrestling and too many video games were also suggested.
Look, injuries are frustrating, and both Bailey and Beckett have a history with them. Sports radio hosts have no idea what is really happening with injuries. It’s one of my biggest beefs with sports media – when they feel they can judge or comment on something that is happening inside someone else’s body. How exactly does that work?
Massarotti’s former colleague Michael Gee had this to say about him on Saturday:
Tony, I say this as someone who worked with you and liked you. It’s for your own good, honest. Nobody on this planet makes a less convincing tough guy than you do. Angelina Jolie has a bunch of movies where she was a better tough guy than you are. Drop the act. All it does is make you seem stupid, which you’re not, or least didn’t used to be.
It continues to amaze me that people are willing to play stupid on the radio in front of thousands of people, call it a living, and be happy and proud of what they’re doing.
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Celtics make Danny Ainge look good – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have made Danny Ainge’s decision to stand pat at the deadline look smart.
Celtics’ Bass on board – Scott Souza has Brandon Bass feeling very confident about his role with the team.
Bradley’s defense: Good stuff – Gary Washburn says that confidence has been the key for the second year guard.
Claude Julien likes Bruins’ mindset – Joe McDonald has the Bruins coach happy with where his team is heading in the postseason.
Bruins have made good use of defenseman Greg Zanon during hot streak – Mike Loftus looks at how the trade deadline acquisition has been a good fit.