His elbow is flapping in the wind
I found this fascinating
. Apparently R.A. Dickey has no ulnar collateral ligament. None. Zero. Zilch. The ulnar collateral ligament is the one that gets replaced by Tommny John surgery when you blow it out. This guy doesn't have to worry about it BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE ONE!!! Amazing.
Here's a piece of the article:
This incredible story begins eight years ago, when Dickey, then at the University of Tennessee, became one of the top college pitchers in the nation and played on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team in Atlanta. He was a key member of an outstanding rotation, one that also featured Kris Benson, Seth Greisinger, Billy Koch and Braden Looper. All of them had been first-round draft picks that June, Dickey going No. 18 overall to the Rangers. Baseball America put them all on the cover of the magazine's Olympic preview issue.
A copy reached the hands of a Rangers physician, however, who noticed that Dickey's right arm was hanging somewhat awkwardly at his side. He suggested that the Rangers, about to sign the pitcher for an $810,000 bonus, have him take a physical. That procedure revealed that not only did Dickey have a ligament problem, he had no ulnar collateral ligament whatsoever. He was either born without one, or it had simply disintegrated years before.
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That's just crazy. Crazy I tell you! It's too bad he's stuck on the Rangers. And that he lost his bonus. It just goes to show you, eh?
posted by shawn
: 3/18/2004 03:49:00 PM -