Elvis Andrus sits Spring Game with "Tattoo Soreness"

3/1/13 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The starting shortstop for the two-time AL champion Texas Rangers, Elvis Andrus made headlines today - and not for hitting the game-tying homerun or bases loaded jam in the 6th inning. It was because of a new tattoo he has graced on his left shoulder and upper arm - an homage to his recently deceased father. He was experiencing left bicep tenderness according to a team source and was therefore unable to participate in today's game.
 
Injuries that force you out of a game should be game related injuries.  No one wants to see their player hurt. Not their manager, owner or GM. But if they were hurt playing the game they are hired to play, then that is a risk they are willing to take when they sign him.
 
Blog Photo - Elvis Andrus sits Spring Game with "Tattoo Soreness"When you electively receive ink on your body as a unique way to honor your deceased parent, make sure that you provide yourself with ample time to recover because if you miss a Spring Training, Regular Season or Postseason game due to 'soreness' from a tattoo you recently received, there must be a clause in the contract which says I can void your deal.
 
Regardless of the intent of the tattoo - regardless of what explanation you provide to your manager - if you do not perform in your position, a job in which you are paid to play a sport, then you should suffer consequences like any other human might be deducted if they missed work for a similar reason. 
 
It's getting to a point where athletes and celebrities are treated as higher class - those who are above the law. If humans are created and to be treated equal - start acting like they are coming to work everyday instead of having a blast. 
 
You know Ron Washington is thinking the same thing - rehab for this?
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3/5/13   |   heelfan811   |   16301 respect

We talkin' about spring training!  Not a game that counts, but spring training!! 

Signed Allen Iverson!

3/1/13   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

That part probably came off too harsh because i was having trouble loading my articles to the site for about 20 mins last night - but just in general, missing 'work' for tattoo soreness?! Double you tee eff....

3/1/13   |   Jess   |   34903 respect

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Haha yes voiding the contract and having this be such an outrage is just ridiculous. Especially over a spring training game. I definitely wasn't agreeing with that part about it. Just that Elvis was silly for the timing.

3/1/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Really? Void the contract? It's an amusing and bizarre thing that happened during spring training. Have a chuckle and move on for cripes' sakes.

There's enough outrage, real or manufactured, in the real world. I know I feel more than my fair share of it, but with sports, I just can't deal with the outrage about stupid crap anymore. I just can't.

3/1/13   |   Jess   |   34903 respect

There's just a decent amount of off-season time - that's what confuses me as to why he didn't consider this and get it sooner. Get your tattoo, cover your entire body, whatever floats your boat. But take into the consideration healing time if it's going to be one that needs it. Silly.

3/1/13   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

I agree that it's kinda stupid to get an enormous tattoo right before you're expected to play... but void his entire contract for missing one spring training game, where Andrus would have played 3-4 innings at the most anyway? Might be a bit of an overreaction.

And let's not pretend that professional athletes are even remotely comparable to the rest of us who work regular jobs. It's not the case, and it never will be. Compare them to other people in their income range, and you'll find that people can get away with an awful lot when they're making millions. When their services are THAT much in demand, they know they can get away with a few more things than your everyday replaceable average joe who makes $50k.

3/1/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61980 respect

Well, he seems stupid. :/

3/1/13   |   Jess   |   34903 respect

This...I just...what? 

Why didn't he think of this?