I know that many of you will find this hard to believe, but the Indians just announced that Grady Sizemore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday. I just can’t believe that someone as durable as Sizemore had surgery, particularly on his knee!
Okay, that joke has obviously gotten very old. You know what else has gotten pretty old? Grady Sizemore having knee surgery every third month! Soon there will not be a part of Sizemore that has not been operated on. I keep thinking of the Six Million Dollar Man (“We can rebuild him, we have the technology”) but I guess with Sizemore it’s more like the Eight Point Five Million Dollar Man. Because I have a constant need to quote the show Family Guy, I keep thinking of this knock-off of the Six Million Dollar Man with Peter Griffin. Since the Indians like to do things on the cheap, this is what their version of a rebuilt Sizemore would probably look like.
In all seriousness, this now marks the fifth surgery for Sizemore in just three years. For those of you keeping score at home, Sizemore had the complex microfracture procedure on his left knee; this arthroscopic surgery was on his right knee. His other three surgeries – left elbow, and two on his left groin.
So when I talked about Sizemore a few weeks ago, I was kind of leaning toward “oh, just pick up his stupid option and give him a chance to come back from all of this.” There were several good comments that sort of swayed me in the other direction; that picking up the option probably wasn’t the best idea. Now that he’s had yet another surgery, I’m ready to cut ties. I know they’re saying he’ll be ready for spring training, and maybe it’s logical to think that this could solve some of the problems that he was having. I feel like we’ve heard that before…even if the right knee is fixed, something else will end up breaking down. He’s like our beat-up old car – you fix the transmission and the radiator goes. You fix the radiator, then you realize you need new brakes. Next thing you know, the air conditioner stops working and none of the windows will open. It goes on and on until you give up and decide it’s not worth the time and hassle anymore.
And yes, I did just compare Grady Sizemore to a 12-year-old Dodge Stratus. That’s what it’s come to.