Former Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson was slated to be the Reds closer this season. Not going to happen. He's out for the year after tearing a ligament in his right elbow.
One nice thing about the players union is that his contract is guaranteed. He signed a 1-year, 8.5 million dollar contract in the off-season.
In football, contracts are not guaranteed so if Madson was a football player he would simply be a piece of meat, discarded like the daily trash.
If I were an NFL player, I would be asking my union why our contracts weren't guaranteed like baseball. Plus, that sport has a lot more debilitating injuries.
A lot of former football players are limping around and struggling to pay the bills. Baseball players are on the golf course living off their millions.
Which is why I've wondered why someone who has the talent to play both sports (John Elway, Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders come to mind) would choose football over baseball.
More money in baseball, longer career and you'll be able to live a normal life when your playing days are over. Football players put their bodies, and their brains, through hell.
Oh, back to Madson. He's only 31. Hopefully he'll be back next year.
The question now is, who closes games for the Reds? Aroldis Chapman and his 104 MPH fastball? He's had arm trouble. Cubs castoff Sean Marshall? Tough spot now for Cincinnati.
One last thing before I close this post. One of the nice people who work at KNUS is Natalie Spencer. She does news among other things there. I asked her favorite baseball team recently. Coming from Southern California it was no surprise that she said, "The Dodgers."
I corrected her by saying "wrong."
She looked perplexed. I told her that her favorite team was the Cincinnatalie Reds. She wasn't amused. Not everyone gets the Rogster's humor.