‘Twas a Wednesday, the thirteenth day of March, 2013. Having reflected on the events of that day I feel it apropos to share with you the words of Jim Morrison:
This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again
Yesterday was a rough one.
While Rick (RJ’s Fro), Geoff (Son of a Duck), David (Vocal Minority), and Mike (Padres Trail) were off having a blast doing the play-by-play in Peoria, Padres fans were dealing with a brutish and nasty reality. We had all heard, through Twitter, that Casey Kelly’s ailing elbow may require Tommy John surgery.
Tommy John has become the unwanted relative who refuses to leave. Tommy John is like Bill Clinton’s brother Roger: He’s an unfortunate part of the family but GOD do you wish he would go away! Forever.
But Tommy John isn’t going away, folks. The UCL surgeries continues to mount: Casey Kelley, Rymer Liriano, Joe Wieland, Juan Pablo Oramas, and Cory Luebke, all in the last year.
Yesterday started innocently enough, a spring day full of promise. And then Peter Gammons tweeted the following:
It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 13, 2013
How did Padres fans react? Let’s survey the twitter, a place for unadulterated ridiculousness, and off the cuff hyperbole. Did I mention it does utter despair quite dashingly as well?
Uh, what? @pgammo It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— The Sacrifice Bunt (@thesacbunt) March 13, 2013
Um…WHAT?! RT @pgammo: It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— Woe, Doctor! (@woedoctor) March 13, 2013
Good Lord. Is elbow instability contagious? RT @pgammo: It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— Patrick Green (@PatrickPGreen) March 13, 2013
Casey Kelly not pitching yesterday and Peter Gammons’ tweet putting Kelly and TJ surgery in the same sentence worries me.
— Sean D (@WonkoSD) March 13, 2013
Fak! “@pgammo: It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery”
— Gonzo (@Da_Great_Gonzo) March 13, 2013
— Nathan Veale (@The_NV) March 13, 2013
NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. RT @pgammo: It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery.
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyAStewart) March 13, 2013
— SingingFriar (@singingfriar) March 13, 2013
— Free Trayvon(@TnoBambino) March 13, 2013
Casey Kelly is broken?! Do we have any healthy pitchers??
— Ashley Rodrigues (@sandiegogirlie) March 13, 2013
Remember, the majority of the Casey Kelly arm issues have come since the #Padres elected to speed up his delivery last spring.
— Padres Prospects (@PadresProspects) March 13, 2013
Casey Kelly has an injured elbow now?? Grrrreat. We have the worst luck. #Padres
— ɐƃoɯoɔıu (@SDRHYTHM) March 13, 2013
THE FUCK??! RT @pgammo: It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— Oscar (@haha1721) March 13, 2013
the possibility of Tommy John surgery for Casey Kelly literally makes me sick to my stomach. can’t this team have anything go right? #Padres
— Bryan (@bryanf_) March 13, 2013
San Diego sports = Cleveland with better weather RT @pgammo It isn’t fair if Casey Kelly really needs TJ surgery
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) March 13, 2013
— Oscar (@haha1721) March 13, 2013
Padres have bloggers on the air and Casey Kelly goes down the same day. What time does Headley get traded?
— Joe Hess (@joehess) March 13, 2013
#Padres Casey Kelly had his elbow examined yesterday in SD. “Hopefully we will get lucky this time,” GM Josh Byrnes said.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) March 13, 2013
So we lost Casey Kelly? Are we sure #Padres doesn’t mean “Hideous Injuries?”
— D.A.N. (@MrDanielXSD) March 13, 2013
Casey Kelly. There’s gut punch and then there’s another #Padres TJ surgery.
— Geoffrey Hancock (@LeftCoastBias) March 13, 2013
Shit “@jonmorosi: Bud Black on Casey Kelly’s elbow: “The doctors are concerned.””
— CJ(@beeerdude) March 13, 2013
A real Padres fan would get Tommy John surgery.
— Avenging Jack Murphy (@AvengingJM) March 13, 2013
Hey. I know that dude. // Gratuitous Fast Times at Ridgemont High reference.
First Rymer, now Casey Kelly….when does it stop!
— Tyler Barton (@teebeebee) March 13, 2013
Bad news about Kelly. Why can’t anything go right for the Padres?
— RJ’s Fro (@RJsFro) March 14, 2013
We had no idea about Casey Kelly while #BloggersTakeOver was going on. Otherwise, we’d have all gone R. Budd Dwyer.
— Vocal Minority (@VocalMinoritySD) March 14, 2013
Every Padre minor league should just get TJ surgery now. Every freakin year it’s at least one. #CaseyKelly
— Garrett (@gpshriver) March 14, 2013
The Force is strong in this one. RT @leftcoastbias: Thinking of getting a personalized Padres jersey: T. John
— Padres_Trail (@Padres_Trail) March 14, 2013
It’s not the end but I won’t begrudge Padres fans their opportunity to wallow in what has become a recurring nightmare.
As for me: it doesn’t feel good wondering, and I’m paraphrasing here, if I’ll ever look into Casey Kelly’s eyes . . . again.
I contribute to Padres Public on Thursday mornings and when I’m feeling particularly inspired. I can also be found on twitter at @AvengingJM where I offer bite size strands of ulnar collateral ligaments 7 days a week.