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As if the trade deadline wasn’t stressful enough

Aug 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Andrew Friedman stands in the dugout prior to the continuation of World Series in Philadelphia

I’d hate to be a general manager around trade deadline time. So much to do. So many calls to make and return. Pressure from the owners above and the fans below and the need to be clear — crystal clear — about where the team currently stands on the success cycle and where it might be in two or three years.

And then your damn appendix goes crazy. Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times:

The trade deadline turned out to be a painful experience for Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman, who was hospitalized on Saturday and underwent an appendectomy Saturday night, then conducted business today from his hospital room.

Not much business, as the Rays stood pat at the deadline, but I doubt I’d feel like even firing up the laptop the morning after surgery, so good on ya Andrew Friedman, and feel better soon.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Speaking as a professional scholar, I can tell you that it’s not nearly as big a deal when your appendix goes haywire as when your galleys come in and your entire set of a hundred and forty eight endnotes are misnumbered.

  2. trevorb06 - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Are team execs going to start straining obliques, too?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    I can see already that there’s not going to be a whole lot of heartfelt sympathy for Andy Friedman on this thread today, is there?

    • natstowngreg - Aug 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      Andrew Friedman has grit, is a gamer, and other cliches.Fortunately for him, he has a job where he can still do business while in the hospital. Expression of heartfelt sympathy duly provided.

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