Chicago Cubs: Hey softie!
Today, the Tribune suggests he “must” fight off a “soft” reputation as he rehabs his right arm. And if he doesn’t fight it, he will be in danger of starring puffed in the next Ghostbusters movie. Just ask Paul Sullivan.
"If you have been following the long-running saga of Yu Darvish’s debut season with the Cubs, you know he already has gotten the reputation as being softer than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man."
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Oh, come on! If Darvish took the mound tonight and threw a winner, he’d be offered the Presidential Suite at the Ritz and they’d probably let him build a six-foot fence around his room of marshmallows. Athletes understand they must perform and I’m sure no one is putting more pressure on Yu than he is himself.
It’s already been reported that Epstein said Darvish feels he has something to prove. He wants to show Chicago his talent. Oh man, I love the anticipation this guy is building out there and if he delivers? Teammate and staff ace Jon Lester has faith in his teammate, though.
"“You can’t control what people say about you,” Lester said. “Obviously everybody in that clubhouse knows what he’s doing to get better. You can’t control injuries. You can’t control how your body feels. All you can control is how you work, and he has been working hard to get back, and that’s it."
So what’s the problem Yu? I believe he’s not healed or reinjured himself, plain and simple. Are you gonna go out and throw the ball 90 mph for an hour and a half if you feel hurt? Neither is Darvish.