There haven't been many players that I've really, personally wanted to see succeed like I want to see Hong-Chih Kuo succeed. It's hard not to pull for a guy with that kind of injury history but still was able to be as dominant as he was. When he was intact, right-handers couldn't hit him and lefties didn't even have a prayer. That makes the news of his non-tender pretty hard to hear. Still, it seems there's still hope of bringing him back, though it sounds like it's up to him if he wants to put his beleaguered elbow through the rigors of another season.
We're all wishing you a healthy recovery, HCK. You already have a great story, so what's one more comeback, right? If you do decide to hang it up, nobody will dare say it was for lack of effort or willpower. At least we'll always have the bat flip.
Update: 4:26pm Hat tip to Johnny Blanchard for the video link.
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