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Keith Olbermann really doesn’t think that Rivera should have been shagging fly balls

May 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT


I’m sure Keith Olbermann had written this up in memo form for the Yankees years ago and had planned on sending them to warn them of the dangers of Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls before games. Probably didn’t get there because of some technical problem out of his control:

Girardi is right: Shagging flies has always been integral to Rivera’s pre-game routine, his exercise regimen, and his simple enjoyment of baseball. But that doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do, nor the smart thing – just that nobody this good had previously sustained a potentially career-threatening injury.

Shagging flies is not an inherently dangerous thing like jumping on trampolines and stuff.  The guy has been doing that for decades and it wasn’t a problem.  The fact that he got hurt doing it doesn’t make it “the wrong thing to do.” Just “a bad thing that went down.”

Indeed, I believe it was Ezra Pound who put it best when he said: “shit happens.”  That applies here too.

  1. flyerscup2010 - May 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    keith olbermann is the man

  2. richieranger - May 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    It’s ok to shag fly balls….but some u let go…he went after it like it was the third out in the bottom of the ninth…he didn’t need to catch it. Now he’s done.

  3. chumthumper - May 6, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Joe Buck: Tim, could you explain to the fans what “shagging” means?

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