As a child I thought it would be cool to be able to hear other people’s thoughts. As an adult, I’m pretty sure I don’t want that responsibility, but when Juan Nicasio takes the mound today it will be very easy to read the mind of the crowd and I really hope I’m not disappointed in what I see.
It is quite fitting that Nicasio should take the mound today, a day reserved for the celebration of Easter, because it is not only a miracle that Juan is pitching today, it is an even bigger miracle that he is still alive!
The comeback shot from Ian Desmond that broke Juan Nicasio’s neck, and fractured his skull, happened last August 5th, just a short 8 months and 3 days ago. This is the biggest story in baseball, not Pujols or Prince. Not even Moyer, whom I completely respect and admire. THIS is the story everyone should be talking about. You should hear reports about how he suffered the same exact break (a shattered C-1 vertebrae) that put superman in a wheelchair. That he not only was able to walk again, but he came to Spring Training able to pitch and pitch well! And the very first time someone hit a ball up the middle, did he drop to the fetal position and start to shake? Nope, he watched it go by and later remarked at how he held his breath for a bit and then got back to it.
So, how will I be able to read the mind of the crowd today? Very simple, actually. I’ll be able to know what they are thinking as Juan takes the field. If they are on their feet, shouting and whistling for this incredible person that defied death, then I’ll know they are thinking exactly what I am thinking – that he truly is the biggest story in baseball.