The New York Mets received unfortunate news on Thursday when it was announced that All-Star closer Edwin Diaz would be out for the entire 2023 season after suffering a freak knee injury while celebrating Team Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Some fans have gone as far as to say that the WBC should be called off after the injury.
However, ESPN insider Joon Lee makes a very interesting point about the situation, reminding fans that when Los Angeles Dodgers star Gavin Lux tore his ACL, nobody was suggesting that spring training games should be called off.
Truly awful that Edwin Diaz got hurt during the WBC but nobody is trying to get rid of spring training games because Gavin Lux suffered a season-ending injury during an exhibition
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) March 16, 2023
And so, the debate continues.
But it is interesting to note that when Lux was injured, not a single soul was calling for the cancellation of spring training games.
Like that of Diaz, Lux’s injury was a freak incident that took place and one that is so rare to see.
In Lux’s case, his cleat was caught in the dirt, which is what would ultimately cause his ACL to tear.
Lux, like Diaz, is out for the 2023 season.
But there is a stark contrast between what people were saying when the Dodgers shortstop got hurt and what they are saying now that Diaz is injured.
When Lux was injured, everybody was wishing him well and hoping for a speedy recovery.
With Diaz hurt, fans have been quick to blame the WBC and have called for it to be cancelled.
The contrast is quite surprising, and people’s tones have certainly changed.NEXT: MLB Stars Discuss Their Dream Teams At The WBC