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baseball: a physically punishing game

Any A's fan knows that baseball is a sport which can be physically rough.  Yesterday featured a nasty collision potentially ending a star player's year for the reds, and a truly bizarre play where a pitcher took a horrible throw back home to the face (tampba bay/detroit).

As the season grinds on, and the A's DL begins to resemble a summer camp that every player is expected to spend at least a few weeks at, the truly grueling nature of the game is more than a little visible.

Can we blame any players for abusing something like HGH?  The pleasure we derive from watching grown men physically compete for 500 hours in a 7 month stretch may well be just as sadistic as the pleasure football fans derive from watching their stars condemn themselves to brain damage, crippling injuries and a middle age and beyond where not even the constant massages and hot tub time money can buy can make the pain go away.

Anyhow, I just wanted to remind everyone of this fact - a couple million bucks made fast isn't enough to last a lifetime in a nice part of this country, and these guys are not just sacrificing their health now, but later.

Are the brutal collisions found in only a 30 hour season, like the NFL, really worse than twenty times that almost every day of the week?  And is durability a sign of a truly gifted and generous athlete?

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