Oh, absolutely. The O’s were leading the division by six games when this news broke. It stung pretty badly to lose Manny in that situation. As it turns out, the team played well without him for the rest of the regular season. But we’ll always wonder if he could have made a difference in that KC series, if he’d managed to rehab and return to the field. Some posters faulted him for not acceding to the team’s wishes. Not me though.
There were some aspects of the Manny knee situation I’d forgotten. In particular, when Manny shut down and had surgery on the second knee, that wasn’t what the team wanted him to do.
"Our original approach was to have him rest and then to try to play and then see if he could play ball. We also knew there was a chance of a recurrence. Given this injury and the time of the season, we thought that we would rest it and try to recover and come back and play for the rest of the year. But Manny didn't feel that was the best option." (This quote from Duquette was in a post by weams without a link.). It also seems that Manny had the option of “rest and rehab” with the first knee and opted for surgery. Here’s a link to the weams post, which is in a very long thread on this topic. https://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/index.php?/topic/17946-manny-machado-expected-to-have-surgery-on-knee-within-a-week/page/35/#comments
Anyway, I’d say Manny really did the opposite of what Tatis is doing, i.e., favoring surgery over rest and rehab.
The thing about Adam Is that he comes across as genuine. He’s not one of these arrogant jerks like “well, you remember that I never gave up a grand slam” Palmer who reminds us every single chance he gets, and shares memories like a king distributes largesse. Adam is just a guy telling stories. I wonder how he’d be as a broadcaster?