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.
– Elyse DiLaura
Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2011 Break out Player of the Year winner Charlie Morton is back for the 2013 season, fully recovered from the Tom John surgery that he had done the previous spring, and is ready to partake in this greatly anticipated 2013 season.
In Pirate City Morton did his practice at a very slow and cautious pace, “It’s a progression. It’s a combination of physical and mental rehab.” says Jim Benedict, who’s the pitching maven and special assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. “Physically, he’s way ahead, and he’s got to go through different mental stages.”
Throughout Morton’s career in the NBL he has suffered from two serious injuries, including hip surgery and shoulder problems, which landed him on the 15-day disabled list for 2 seasons. Both recoveries went smoothly for Morton, which has led fans to notice a new driven spark in Morton’s pitching skills and performance.
As the Pirates get ready for their highly anticipated 2013 season Morton is just one of the 25 players that are ready for a new season, and a new chance to show their skills that they have acquired and worked on over their training period.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are making their appearance this year in the World Baseball Classic games by five of their players representing four different countries. These five players wanted to represent their countries in a positive way, by bringing their skills that they have acquired and mastered from their professional careers in the states. The World Baseball Classic games are a perfect opportunity for players that play on the American teams to have the chance to represent their own countries.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have five players that will be playing and representing for four different countries in the games this year. So far it looks like a promising start for each individual player playing in the games.
One player who seems to be making headlines is player Russel Martin, who is playing and representing for Canada. Martin is one of the Pirates prize catchers, but in the games this year Martin had a different plans in mind for the position that he would be playing for Canada. Instead of catching, Martin is going to play shortstop. This seemed to have raised controversy with the fans of the Pirates since it has made such big headlines, but the MLB team isn’t saying it’s a problem because it’s something that Martin wants to do and they will supporting him.
The other players participating in the games are Chris Leroux, who will be playing alongside Martin for Team Canada. Jason Grilli is playing for Italy, Wandy Rodriguez for the Dominican Republic, and Ivan De Jesus for Puerto Rico.
Rodriguez and his team played their first game March 7 against Venezuela at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. De Jesus played at the same place the following day against Spain. The rest of the Pirate players also started their first games on March 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Make sure to also keep an eye out for Rodriguez and De Jesus teams who will be playing each other in the games on Sunday, March 10. Also make sure to look out for when Martin and Leroux play against Grilli’s team.
— Elyse DiLaura
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been suffering a losing streak for years. This past 2012 season gave the Pirates their 20th consecutive losing season, ending the season 70-83, which still brought them extremely close to being in the playoffs. Although they missed the playoffs, they made it to the All-Star break with a record over .500 for the first time in years, which is pumping up the Pirates even more for this upcoming season with some new faces and big goals.
In the off-season the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up former Yankee catcher Russell Martin, center fielder Felix Pie, pitcher Fransisco Liriano and pitcher Jeanmar Gomez Rare. With new faces on the team and a hard spring training season it seems that the Pirates are more ready than ever to jump into the 2013 season.
In last year’s All Star game for the second year in a row, McCutchen and teammate Joel Hanrahan were on the NL team roster. During this time period is when McCutchen was hitting .346, to go along with 97 hits, including 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. For his efforts, McCutchen was named NL Player of the Month, his first selection. Throughout the year McCutchen also won his first NL Player of the Week award which led him to receiving NL player of the month for two consecutive months. This made McCutchen one of the first Pirates since 1988 to win two consecutive awards in a season.
With the Pirates ending their season last year so close to the play-offs, their entering this 2013 season with high hopes and big goals. According to coaches and players, the team worked really hard this past off season to make sure that they are ready for whatever comes at them in this upcoming 2013 season.
— Elyse DiLaura
Elyse DiLaura is a sophomore at St. Bonaventure University and is scheduled to graduate in 2015. She plans on graduating Bonaventure with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and is debating between a Theater and a Business minor. Elyse was born in Blue Springs, MI and then moved to Rochester, NY when she was about 1. Elyse plans on moving to New York City in the near future and hopes to start her career there in the broadcasting world. Elyse is also involved with the radio station here at SBU called WSBU. One of the top college radio stations in the country.