Rob Dibble Thinks Stephen Strasburg Should 'Suck It Up'
The answer to that question is, unsurprisingly to anyone who has ever heard him call a game, Rob Dibble.
While working in his day job as a radio host, Dibble took it upon himself to rip Stephen Strasburg to shreds for telling the team that his arm was hurting on Saturday night.
Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog transcribed how Dibble regaled the audience with stories about how tough players were in his day and then started going after the rookie for daring to reveal the pain in his arm.
"So for me, a little bit has to be put back on Strasburg here," Dibble said. "OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow. ... Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."
You know what we call guys who keep throwing when they feel unusual pain and don't make it a point to tell the trainer and manager that there's a problem? Mark Prior.
Maybe the Nats are being overly nannyish by asking Strasburg to tell them if something's wonky, but why is that such a bad thing? They aren't going anywhere this season and they know that any plans they have to go somewhere in the future are going to be heavily reliant on Strasburg's right arm. The reason they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is because it's true more often than not.
Dibble's under the impression that Strasburg is a crybaby who goes looking for help anytime he feels pain, but that's not at all in evidence. Strasburg let someone know when something felt wrong, not when something hurt a little bit, and the team gave him an MRI that confirmed something was amiss in his forearm.
Anyone who thinks that you shouldn't trust an athlete who says that he thinks something is wrong with his body should spend some time reading up on J.R. Richard and less time slamming them on the radio before the results of medical tests have even been revealed.