Baseball player Charlie Morton for the Pittsburgh Pirates is just one of many athletes who has been faced — and in ways is still facing — the struggles that a severe injury can do to an athlete’s career and own self. Andrew is an athlete who has dealt with similar physical and personal problems that a sport injury can do to a player and their career.Radin
After hearing about Morton’s three different injury stories and how they affected his career, Radin quickly commented by saying “I know that feeling, when you’ve worked so hard to get to the point where you’re at and then a stupid injury happens and you feel all your hard work is gone.”
Morton started his career in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves in 2002. From there, he has played with several teams until he finally settled with the Pittsburgh Pirates in June of 2009. Morton had a tough first year as a pitcher for the Pirates by starting 18 games and recording five wins and nine losses. The following season Morton wouldn’t have that much time to redeem himself because he would be put on the 15-day disabled list early that spring. Morton had his big year in 2011 which gave him the title of Breakout Player of the Year title. Later that year Morton would undergo hip surgery that required a 4-6 month recovery period. When the start of the 2012 season, he was put on the 15-day disabled list again which led to his recent surgery known as the Tommy John surgery. As the 2013 season begins, Morton is already back on the field and is starting to get into the swing of things again.
Hearing Charlie Morton’s story made Radin reflect on his tennis career and how both their injuries in many ways are very similar. In Radin’s junior year of high school, he tore his ACL which left him off the team for the rest of the year and the rest of his high school career.
“I was depressed for awhile. I was one of the top players in Fairport. But after I tore my ACL I couldn’t really do many things on my own or that involved tennis and then I knew that my career in tennis was never going to be the same.”
Even though Radin didn’t continue with tennis and didn’t peruse it in college, he likes to think of his injury as a sign.
“Maybe tennis wasn’t something I was meant to do,” he said. “Just like Morton, I wanted to make my junior year season my best one, but I didn’t really get the chance to prove myself and my coaches. Even though it was a really bad place for me then I’m happy where I am now and have come to terms with my past and have learned from them.”
Even though it’s a different sport and different people, in ways athletes are all connected . A lot go through similar things or deal with them in similar ways, like having an injury. As you can see both have grown in their own ways from their injuries and continue to do so.