Is the off-season a sprint or a marathon? One Sox player offers his position.
Per the Globe: “The Globe’s Amalie Benjamin reported Friday that the Red Sox were surprised to learn that Okajima would be running in the marathon. ‘One team official said the Sox were not pleased and would have discouraged him had the team been apprised of his decision,’ Benjamin wrote.”
Not to worry. This marathon is nothing. Wait till Hideki decides to lead a team of Red Sox climbers to scale K2 next offseason.
Just imagine if it had been A-Rod. This would easily have been the third thread about Marathongate!
6:10:26! Obviously the conditions were not too good and everybody who finishes a marathon has my respect. But it is not that impressive a time for a 33-year old athlete, so probably the Red Sox don’t need to worry too much about him overexerting himself. (Or maybe they should because he might not have prepared properly?)
Anyway, he should stay away from the Iron Man Triathlon and racing in the Tour de France would create serious scheduling problems. If, on the other hand, he could get five or six outs on occasion …
pbe – running a marathon isn’t something just any athlete is supposed to be good at.
Besides, Hideki’s a pitcher. How well does he really have to run to be good at his job?
Some Sox fans on the Globe blog are engaged in a heated discussion of whether Hideki’s 6:10:26 marathon time was impressive or no big deal.
Gotta love the offseason. When there’s no baseball to talk about, anything can become fodder for debate.
“Some Sox fans on the Globe blog are engaged in a heated discussion of whether Hideki’s 6:10:26 marathon time was impressive or no big deal.”
A 6:10 marathon time is anything but impressive as far as a time goes. Sure running a marathon at all is impressive, but 6+ hrs equates to over 14 minutes per mile….
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