Youk is fine? They're talking about him playing tomorrow, so he's probably really fine.
But I'm still not over the scare we had tonight when he pulled up lame and left the game with what's been described as "right ankle pain". Now it's being described as a "spasm" and everything's totally fine. Or such are the preliminary reports.
But in the time between the first report and the second, as you contemplate the possibilities, you want to find someone, whoever's in charge, and go, listen. Hey. Knock it off, okay? This has got to be against some rule somewhere. You mean to tell me there's no league bylaw prohibiting the loss of more than half a dozen key players in one season? Who do I see about this?!
I've spent many minutes of my life I'll never get back over the last few days typing in captcha codes on the MLB All-Star Final Vote page for Youkilis, because the very idea of Nick Swisher making the All-Star Game over Kevin Youkilis makes me shudder. I lost count at 30 votes yesterday; I'd say I'm well over 100 by now (and also well aware that folks like Cyn are putting me to shame).
Tonight, instead of feeding my supplications repeatedly into the great marketing machine in the sky, I was beseeching the baseball gods, just don't let this be serious. That's all. I could give a shit about this game right now, or the series, or the division, whatever. We can worry about all of that later.
But I can't take another six-weeker or worse at this point. Just No. Amen.