Bitching, kvetching, internecine snarking, and posting pix of a disgruntled Larry Davis are some of the ways that the A's faithful have expressed their befuddlement at the seemingly endless string of injuries this season. But until now no one has offered a convincing argument about why so many players have gotten injured. I have taken my own pet theory for a mental test-drive through the twisted and often washed-out highways of my mind, and I'm now ready to present it to the public in today's DLD.
The simple answer is Münchausen Syndrome , or more accurately, Münchausen Syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric disorder where a person, usually a parent, deliberately falsifies illness or injury, or deliberately sickens another person in order to keep that person close to them. You might be familiar with this disorder from the film The Sixth Sense, in which a mother puts cleaning fluid into her child's food. In case you find this theory far-fetched, not to mention "paranoid," here's a photograph of the Baron Münchausen riding an elephant. It just makes sense.
In a related story that might have been taken from Larry Davis's childhood, a kid grows pot on police chief's property .
Yes, yes, that's all fine and good, LAXile, you might be thinking at this point, but what does any of this have to do with reality? (Yes, that is the wikipedia link for "reality.") My answer: in a world where Jason Kendall goes 3 for 4 and still can't help the A's win, what does "reality" matter?