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Matt Cooke is a saint!

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Matt Cooke is a saint!

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Someones gotta say it (other than thePensblog):

Its time to lay off Matt Cooke.

Instead of damning Cooke, the NHL should be celebrating their biggest personality outside of Sidney Crosby (currently inactive) and Alexander Ovechkin. In fact, were jumping on the Matt Cooke for Lady Byng bandwagon.

Yea, we know hes a controversial player, but arent all the finest figures in human history controversial? Abraham Lincoln. MLK Jr. Gandhi. Bluto Blurtarsky. All are controversial in their own right. All are heroes.

And Cookes no different. Hes a champion of the people off the ice! He gets tailored suits for his son.

Collects antiques!

Seriously? Can you really call a guy who goes antiquing a garbage player? Of course not! Dumpster diving would mean soiling all those sweet cashmere sweaters.

Cooke also gives back to the common person. Hes a modern day Robin Hood or Zorro, donating to the peons of America and other things millionaire athletes typically do not only because its the right thing to do, but also because of the sweet tax write-offs!

He also wears an 'A' on his jersey, and it has nothing to do with his nickname among non-Penguin fans. Remember: You dont wear that 'A' on your jersey if youre a jerkface. The 'A' is a sign of respect. A sign of integrity. A sign that possibly half your team is on the IR, so theres no one else to wear it.

In short, Matt Cooke is a saint. The guys just doing what he needs to do to keep a job. And in these tough economic times, who can blame him!? From the National Post:

Ive always said that, you know, what I am on the ice is a persona that has enabled me to stay in the league for 13 years, Cooke said. Its not who I am, and its not what makes me. Its just something I have to do to stay in the NHL.

Preach it, brotha! Haters gonna hate. Dont let them keep you down.

Lets not forget that Matt Cooke is the victim here. Its impossible to control such a killer instinct when its been fused into your DNA.

So lets not suspend Cooke for the very rule that he helped create. Lets commend him.

We hear the British have a fun way of celebrating such infamous characters.

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

BOSTON — Even before Mookie Betts wrist flared up and Eduardo Nunez re-aggravated his knee Monday, the Red Sox’ health situation looked tenuous heading into the final week of the regular season. Particularly when it came to position players. Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup Monday after a 1-for-26 road trip.

Now the scene turns scary. Consider that every other American League team that has clinched a postseason spot (or in the case of the Twins, is expected to) is one of the majors’ top five teams in runs scored per game: the Astros, Yankees, Indians and Twins. The Sox are 10th. 

The Sox lineup lacks firepower to begin with. Losing any more at this time of year is a recipe for a rough October.

"It sucks. It sucks," Nunez said. "Especially this time of year when it's close to the playoffs. It sucks."

The regular-season results show the Sox have adapted well overall when guys like Pedroia and Nunez have missed time. But that’s the regular season, and adding Betts to the mix is just disquieting.

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Nunez on Monday returned to the lineup for the first time in 16 days. Now he isn’t expected back until during the Astros series, his right knee injury re-aggravated

But there’s room for good news yet. Betts is to get his left wrist examined Tuesday. A positive prognosis there, and there should be a sense of a crisis averted. On Monday night, he expected to be fine, but he also didn't know what was going on. 

Farrell before the game made clear Nunez wasn’t exactly full go yet.

“[His return is] quicker than what it possibly could have been. You’re talking about a ligament damage to the PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and I know it’s less severe than an ACL/MCL, but still it’s about pain tolerance,” Farrell said. “It’s about managing it. His body has to recondition to take care of that. His muscles have to respond in a different way. … If he feels a little bit of a zinger, that’s going to go away. He’s not putting himself at further risk.”

Farrell said after the game the feeling is Nunez didn’t do any new damage, but nonetheless, it’s easy to think now the Sox should have waited longer

Meanwhile, Pedroia’s been managing a left knee injury all season and didn’t play.

“When the knee starts to talk back to him a little bit, we’ve all got to listen to it and give him a down day,” Farrell said. “I would expect him to be back on the  field tomorrow.”

Farrell thought it reasonable to connect the knee to Pedroia’s recent poor performance hitting wise.

All year, resiliency has been a buzzword for Sox because of their propensity for late-inning comebacks. Sunday’s eighth-inning rally against the Reds was the latest example, leading to the Sox’ 42nd come-from-behind win. 

How they’ve dealt with a variety of health situations adds another layer to their reputation for handling adversity. Per spotrac.com, the Sox have had the fifth most disabled list days this season, 1,601. 

The Indians were doubted going into last year’s postseason because of health situations with their pitching. They did pretty well. But it’d also be foolish to minimize the importance of injuries to Pedroia, Nunez and Betts, and how they look heading into October.

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

BOSTON — First Mookie Betts right hand was bothering him. Now his left wrist is acting up to the point he was pulled from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and is headed for an exam to find out what's going on Monday.

"I’m not really that concerned. I think I’m  going to be fine," Betts said. "Just a couple days ago. I just took a swing and felt it. It’s just been kind of painful for swings, but that’s just the part of the season."

Betts felt it again on a swing Monday.

Betts, who's always a calm guy, didn't seem to be particularly worried. But when he was asked to describe the sensation, it sounded far from pleasant.

"Just like a sharp pain," Betts said. "I can’t really move my hand for a little bit, but I think, again, I don’t really know what’s going on. We’ll find out tomorrow."

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