Sweeney: 'I play the game hard, I just did something stupid'

Sweeney: 'I play the game hard, I just did something stupid'
August 2, 2012, 12:39 am
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BOSTON The sight of a pair of boxing gloves at Ryan Sweeneys locker in the home clubhouse at Fenway Park at least proves the Red Sox still have a sense of humor.
Despite the underachieving regular season and the fact that Sweeney busted up his left hand punching a Fenway door in a fit of pique two days ago, his teammates wanted to take the pressure off an embarrassing situation for their affable teammate.The Sox outfielder, on the other hand, has literally lost sleep over the entire situation.
I havent slept in two days. I just messed up. Ive been going over in my head how things could have been different. Ive been sick to my stomach and disgusted with what happened. Ive talked to a lot of guys that have thrown their helmets or thrown their bats, said Sweeney, who is hitting .260.303.373 in 63 games this season for the Sox. I guess I just didnt know how to punch the door. I thought I was okay, but the adrenaline got to me.
The Sox outfielder, who had surgery to put a screw into his broken left hand on Tuesday, confirmed suspicions it was Wednesday nights starting pitching Aaron Cook that introduced the boxing gloves into his locker.
Its pretty funny that Cook is pitching today and he had time to put boxing gloves in here, said Sweeney, who still managed a sheepish smile talking about it. I can tell you that I probably wont be punching anything ever again most likely.
Sweeney said hed be giving the gloves away, but perhaps he could use them after beating himself up for the last few days amid a season thats gone from promising to frustrating.
Bobby Valentine certainly had something sympathy for a player thats been criticized with gusto over the last couple of days for letting Irish temper get the best of him.
Hes one of those guys that knows the difference between right and wrong, said Valentine. A lot of guys know, but he really does. He knows he was wrong and hes really disappointed.
Sweeney wouldnt say he was out for the rest of the season, and said he opted for the screw over the pin because the latter would have kept his hand immobilized for at least 6-8 weeks.
It was the heat of the moment, but trust me when I say that I regret it. Ive let my teammates down not being out there on the field for them, said Sweeney. Its tough to swallow. You want to be out there for your teammates every day, but I did something to mess that up.
I play the game hard. I just did something stupid.
One thing Sweeney wanted to make perfectly clear, however, was that he didnt injure his left hand on purpose. Wild speculation had arisen that Sweeney who was being mentioned in trade talks perhaps injured himself so he wouldnt be dealt somewhere like Cincinnati for a team in need of a left-handed bat.
That was far from the truth, and something Sweeney hadnt even thought of in the aftermath of his injury.
The season started off well, but then I had the concussion thing and the foot thing. I was never able to pick it up after that and frustration has set in. It wasnt just one at bat, said Sweeney. I didnt intentionally do it so I wouldnt get traded. That had nothing to do with it. It was bad timing and I picked the wrong day to do it, I guess.
That didnt even cross my mind. When you go through something like that a scenario like that doesnt even go through your head. I didnt even think about that until somebody said something about it.
It sounds like Sweeney will be thinking about a lot of things over the next couple of months while recuperating from the most embarrassing injury of his career.

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