Feeling Their Pain

Do ballplayers ever have sympathy for opponents?
July 15, 2007

JOHNNY ESTRADA, Brewers C
"When guys have unfortunate accidents and get injured, you feel for them. Whenever I see another catcher get run over, I feel for him because it could happen to me on any given night. No catcher likes to see it happen to another catcher. Other than that, I never feel sorry for an opponent."

JULIO FRANCO, Mets PH
"Nooooo. That's a sign of weakness. That means that you are underestimating your enemy. It's not that you enjoy beating them, but you enjoy winning. There's no time of sympathy."

DAVID WEATHERS, Reds P
"Yes, absolutely, but not for a hitter. It's when you've got a real good friend that you've played with and you're watching him give up runs—even though it's to your team. There's no mercy in this game. No one who hasn't been on the mound has a clue how it feels to give up runs. I remember Chris Hammond was pitching for the Braves. I was with the Mets. He had just gotten to Atlanta, and he came in and gave up a three-run homer to Jeromy Burnitz. He walked a couple guys. Me and him were best friends. I felt bad for him. It's happened a lot, but that's the one I remember."

CRAIG BIGGIO, Astros 2B
"No, because whatever goes around comes around. You respect them and you feel bad for it, but as quickly as it's going [well] for you, you know it can go bad on you."

RICHIE SEXSON, Mariners 1B
"If I hit a line drive that catches a guy in the head or if I hit a ball up the middle that knocks a pitcher out of the game, then I'll feel bad about it. Anybody would. But I don't think that's the same as feeling sorry for someone [because you're] winning 10--0 or something."

JON GARLAND, White Sox P
"No. They don't feel sorry for me, so I'm not going to feel sorry for them."

I pity the fool

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