Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Breaking Down & Now Out
"We all saw what he could do in 2005. Patty was OUTSTANDING!! He just couldn't stay healthy." Randy St.Claire commenting to The African Queen and I last year at The 2008 Picnic At The Park. Our Pitching Coach's remarks painfully accurate and so very sad at the same time. You could not convince me that not one fan for Our Washington Nationals did not believe in 2005 that John Patterson was going to be a star.
During that Inaugural Season of Our Washington Nationals he was UNBELIEVABLE, dominating, on top of his game and finally becoming the quality talent everyone envisioned when he was drafted back in 1996. Sadly, Old Number 22 in your Nationals Program could not hold up any longer. The pain was too great. Released by Washington last spring and The Texas Rangers a few short months later--today Patterson officially announced his retirement at a mere 30 years of age.
No matter what happened, no matter how unlucky or unfortunate Big John was in his baseball career, today's news saddens me. Never do I wish to see a great talent not thrive. But over the course of baseball history, many, many other players have preceded Patterson in breaking down and now finding themselves out of the game.
Every fan can remember what Old Number 22 was like at his very best. Check out this post. On August 4th, 2005--John Patterson pitched The Greatest Game In Our Washington Nationals short history--not many others come close.
Good Luck John--Sohna and I wish you the very best--in whatever direction life leads you.