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March 17, 2023 6:01 am

NFL Network analyst Rhett Lewis joins the show | Was Amy the victim of a home invasion yesterday!? | Mets closer Edwin Diaz likely out for season after WBC injury.


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Yeah, my body might like it. We will get back to March Madness and we'll talk Houston and its struggle a little bit as well as some of the other schools that were good surprises but also those who were disappointed and are one and done in the tournament. But it's March Madness of a different sort when it comes to the NFL. We're through legal tampering. It's now actual free agency. The signings continue. We've gotten some clarification about Aaron Rodgers. We still have zero clarification about Lamar Jackson.

The draft is on the horizon. So to that end, I'm really pleased to welcome NFL network host analyst Rhett Lewis joining the show for the first time from Los Angeles and just a shameless plug, my favorite show Sundays during the NFL season is NFL Game Day and he is one of the hosts. Now Rhett, you went to a school that's known for its basketball. I know you played football in Indiana but it's known for its basketball in a state that is hoops crazy. So let's start with a little March Madness on the hard court. What's your favorite thing about the tournament?

Oh gosh, so much. I think as an Indiana alum and you know rabid fan as you mentioned, I think the opportunity to hang banner number six is always what brings me back to loving the tournament. It's the optimism. It's the opportunity and especially for a school like ours that has such high expectations each and every year and with the exception of a little bit of a down period there in the last couple of years, we're back and we're back in the tourney in a big way and so that always gets me excited because it's brand loyalty. You are out there showing your colors for your school. I'm wearing Indiana Hoosiers shoes.

I am absolutely wearing my cream and crimson on my feet but that to me like it brings out the best of everyone's loyalty about who they love and then of course you know the surprises right the ferments of the world are what keep us coming back. So yes, it is March Madness and still the NFL cannot go away. Never takes a break. I called encroachment by the NFL. They're just they're creeping on everybody else by the other sport exactly.

Seriously. I know you've covered the sport for a long time, but I like asking people their perspective. Did you ever think it would become this this year-round behemoth that really never takes a breath? You know, it's actually a really good question because I kind of always felt like it was and I'll tell you why my dad was a head trainer in the NFL for 40 years and 32 of them were with the Saints and so I grew up in New Orleans and you know he was a member of an NFL franchise for my essentially my entire life before I moved away to college and so like I knew that he was always working like the 10 12 14 sometimes 16 and 18 hour work days like didn't stop just because the season was over.

So every time everybody would ask you. Oh, you get to see your dad a lot more now in the offseason. I was always like, yeah, no, I don't because there really isn't an offseason. So I was quite prepared for this when I took this job at NFL Network. Did you spend a lot of time on fields in stadiums in locker rooms then with your dad?

Oh, you better believe it. I was a part of way too many how should I put this way too many locker room conversations that I shouldn't have been or I should say training room conversations that I shouldn't have been at the age of which I was at the time but it was it was so much fun and it would foster it's truly what fostered my love for this game and my desire to remain a part of it as much as I could and everything that I've done both from following football and going to I don't know 150 saints games growing up in the Superdome and then you know playing high school football playing college football and then when my hamstrings you know weren't going to allow me to play in the NFL how do I find a way to cover the NFL and that's that's basically what I've been trying to do ever since I've never been to the Superdome for a football game been there for other events what's it like when the Saints fans are at full throat I mean it's unlike anything I've ever been a part of I mean I literally remember I remember sitting in section 253 on the second level of the Superdome in the right about the goal line of where the Saints used to come out of their locker room and come onto the field and in the early 90s when the Saints were competing for NFC West then division titles and you know playing the the 49ers the Falcons and the Rams twice a year in a convoluted division obviously um it was like when when when something good would happen and when the Saints were thriving you couldn't hear anything because of the noise in the scene like it's hard to describe it's like it's so loud you actually can't hear anything and it all just becomes one noise that is the loudest place I've ever been second loudest is Austin Stadium in Oregon when I was a player it's the only other time I've been able to look at somebody right next to me and not hear them talk to me and watch their their mouths move right and so like my mom and I would like look at each other you know we're up in the stands you know in these games and like and you know like she would be talking and like I don't know what the heck are you saying but this is awesome and so it's um it is a phenomenal atmosphere the fans are the best and especially when they get a little extra time uh to get uh quote unquote ready for the game if it's a prime timer. Rhett Lewis is with us from NFL Network in Los Angeles where he's one of my favorite hosts of NFL game day during the season but part of paths of the draft and total access now that it's the quote unquote off season it's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio. Well given your ties to New Orleans what's your reaction to the Derek Carr signing? Yeah I think I love it um for Derek um I'm happy for his family I think they'll uh they'll love New Orleans it's such a uh it's such a great city and uh you know look I think with any with any city in America these days it's not perfect but uh it's imperfection is also what makes it beautiful and I think it also um it's also a way to describe what the Saints are right now which you know is is imperfect but on their way to to getting better and I think this will be one of the best defenses if not the best that Derek Carr has ever played with and I think now if you get a healthy and motivated Michael Thomas and by all accounts from Derek Carr himself that's what he believes the Saints are going to get that's what the Saints believe they're going to get that's why they reworked his contract to keep him around so you throw a couple of Buckeye wide outs right there and Chris Olave was fantastic last year Michael Thomas you know back healthy man uh Alvin Kamara rolling again like this is this is fun and then you got a touchdown score now Jamal Williams so um I think there's a lot to like about this Saints team at this point I feel like they are the team's best position to win the NFC south right now. I know from my listeners and my audience that the Aaron Rodgers fatigue has grown greatly over the past not just the past couple weeks but really the past couple years but I want to hear it from your perspective because I am in my little bubble with my sports radio show do you believe that's the case around the league or do you believe that Aaron Rodgers because of his past and his potential is still one of those players that brings people to games or brings people to their tv sets and their radio stations? I think for sure he is especially in New York where they've been searching for a quarterback since Joe Namath left if you remember I think was like 1968 so I don't remember but thank you yeah I mean Amy like here's the here's the craziest stat of this whole Aaron Rodgers thing like when he joins the Jets this year and and starts the year as their quarterback in week one uh and then finishes week 18 with 4,450 yards through the air he will be the first Jets quarterback with a 4,000 yard passing season since Joe Namath in 1967 like come on so um I think automatically he becomes an absolute star I mean obviously he already was in Green Bay but he will and he's got great talent around him too and great young talent so it's a matter of them getting on the same page in a timely manner. So he's worth it then?

Yeah I think so. There's still not a whole lot going on between the Ravens and Lamar Jackson at least no movement that we know of publicly if they come to you and ask you and I mean the Ravens front office what do we do here what do you think Rhett what's the best course of action? They're essentially putting the ball in Lamar's court right they're like okay we've given you a number of offers and the only one that we really know of is one that at some point included three years 133 million dollars fully guaranteed like Lamar tweeted the other day and I we assumed that that was the offer we also assumed he turned that down otherwise like what are we doing here right the Ravens are saying okay this is where we stand right now and other teams you are free to try and offer Lamar more and they're basically hoping another team essentially sets the market for Lamar in which they will more than likely match the offer and they'll have five business days to do it if and when it comes in if it doesn't they're essentially playing chicken with Lamar like okay you're gonna play in the franchise tag or what not play at all um I don't know if that's good for either party so I think at some point this comes to a resolution I'm not certain that it's going to happen today or tomorrow or even in the next week or so I think we what what's going to ultimately happen is we'll see the negotiations between the Ravens and Lamar pick up ahead of that summer deadline to get a long-term deal done for players that were given the franchise tag because at this point if somebody was going to sign him to an offer sheet we'd know by now like I don't know that anybody's out there like oh well we'd like to sign it but we've got to do a little more homework no the homework has been done and it's either you know we're all we're not going to offer him or we just don't have what he wants at this point and so then it goes back to the Ravens. Rhett Lewis of NFL Network is with us here after hours CBS Sports Radio and yes we know March Madness is going on but this is March Madness of a different kind so Rhett you're part of Path to the Draft and we know it's all building up now to what's to come in a couple of months the Panthers made this big move they jumped to number one what should they do with that overall number one pick which quarterback do you think is the best fit? So this is a complicated question but I think oftentimes when we're trying to decide fit because that I think that's a great way that you ask that question right is because it's not necessarily the best best quarterback or the best player but who is the best fit at that position for that team and like when I think about Carolina think about new head coach Frank Reich and think about the players that have played quarterback for him in the past. Let's just go back Matt Ryan you know big strong quarterback look he was past his prime at that point when joining the Colts it didn't work out fine. Carson Wentz kind of same type right a little bit more mobile than Matt Ryan for whatever reason still didn't work out. You go back Nick Foles Carson Wentz before that in Philadelphia when Frank was there.

You go further back to when he was in San Diego with the then Chargers or the then San Diego Chargers you talked about Philip Rivers. CJ Stroud fits that mold of quarterback that Frank Reich has been with virtually his entire coaching career even going back to when he played behind Jim Kelly in Buffalo that's the type of player that we're kind of talking about in CJ Stroud who I think is more mobile than we probably give him credit for as he showed us in that Georgia game this past year so I tend to think that they are trending towards CJ Stroud big arm accuracy and ball placement are his calling cards. I think Frank Reich will love that in his style of offense so that's generally where I'm leaning at this point but I think Bryce Young's weight will probably last another seven minutes once CJ Stroud's name gets called if that is in fact how it goes. It is incredible with the retirement of some of the greatest quarterbacks we've ever seen certainly this generation that includes Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and you mentioned Philip Rivers obviously Eli Ben Roethlisberger the position seems younger and younger doesn't it Rhett and yet we've got some pretty amazing young studs at that position. Yeah I mean that's what makes you know what the Houston Texans do at number two so important I think because you're sitting there in the AFC and you're like all right do we have a Josh Allen do we have a Joe Burrow do we have a Justin Herbert or Lamar Jackson you know if the Sean Watson comes back to the player that he was you know a couple years ago like if we don't we better go find that dude and do whatever it takes to get him otherwise what do we you know like what are we really doing here right I mean like that's what this has become it's like um it's like a royal rumble cage match situation where you're coming off the top ropes trying to find your quarterback right I mean like you've got to go get that guy Amy and so like that's why I think you know even even in the NFC where or maybe it's a little bit more difficult to identify the top five quarterbacks you still have to have that guy to compete in this league and that's why the Panthers moved all the way up to number one that's why the Colts are going to take a quarterback or figure out a deal to get a marquee quarterback because they can't keep playing band-aid at that position like they have so I truly think maybe you're going to see four quarterbacks off in the top five picks once we get to April 27. Wow what's another position in this NFL draft that you think could be very impactful in years to come?

Yeah edge rusher is the next one and I think um I think edge rushers and quarterbacks will ultimately occupy six of the first seven picks that's really all you need to know to tell you what this game has become it's become a game where if you don't have a quarterback you're not going anywhere and if you can't get after the quarterback you know you're also you know in a bit of trouble so that's why we're going to see that type of emphasis on those players early in this draft I think you'll see Will Anderson and Tyree Wilson come off the board um one two uh Jalen Carter depending on how comfortable teams get with what's going on off the field with him uh will will then be the next guy um so you're talking about defensive front players and quarterbacks that are going to dominate the top 10 and then beyond that you're looking at corners I think you could see a cornerback go in the top 10 I think you'll see a bunch go you'll probably see five maybe six go in the first round and then for the first time in gosh as far as I can remember we're going to see five tight ends go in the first round so that's not typically a position where we see that happen but you're going to see some combination of Dalton Kincaid from Utah Darnell Washington from Georgia Michael Mayer from Notre Dame Luke Musgrave from Oregon State and probably one or two others that are going to get their names called on April 27th like it's going to be a really fun draft it's it's interesting too because that tight end position while we have a few incredible stars Travis Kelsey Mark Andrews of course Darren Waller uh getting traded it really is top heavy it's not a super deep position in the NFL currently no you're right it's like it's why if you play fantasy football it feels like we're always talking about oh my gosh the tight ends are killing my team yeah if you don't if you don't have Kelsey if you don't have Kittle um or or yeah like a Waller who's been injured by the way and played you know missed 14 games the last two years right you're in trouble like you're just constantly trying to find you know a matchup guy and so I think in a sense that's where fantasy meets reality this year because you know I think teams understand that you know the team that's now won the Super Bowl twice in four years is the best tight end in the game and that probably means something and we probably got to be trying to find one of those guys you know there is a player like that in this draft in Dalton Kincaid I'm not saying he's going to beat Travis Kelsey but he kind of fits that mold where he's not a sixth offensive lineman but but could be a third wide receiver yes uh before I let you go Rhett in the spirit of March Madness and underdogs and dark horses and cinderellas and it's March but we know that half the NFL playoff field turns over every year so coming off of last season maybe looking at some of the moves they've made to this point what do you think is a team out there that is putting itself in position at least to come roaring into 23 and really make some noise oh man I actually think and this is going to sound kind of crazy but I really think the Houston Texans are putting some serious building blocks together here and I think they've been doing it kind of meticulously over the course of the last couple of years and you found a running back in Damien Pierce last year you've got one of the marquee left tackles in the game in uh Laramie Tunsell right so that is one of the top four premier positions overall in football it's quarterback it's left tackle it's edge rusher and it's cornerback they've got the corner in Derek Stingley they drafted him last year um I truly think if he was healthy we'd be talking about his play along the same lines we were talking about sauce Gardner this year so you got Stingley you've got Laramie Tunsell locked up two of those positions you've got some really good pieces outside of those marquee positions as well that are young John Mechie who you know is coming back from from cancer hopefully he's going to be good to go and then you've got uh Christian Anderson the linebacker but if they can find a quarterback this year and Bryce Young if that's the guy it's two or whomever the guy is at two now you're talking about three of those four positions you go out and find that edge rusher then you know beyond and and now we're talking about the team that can really start to make some noise in a division you know I know Jacksonville's on the come up but I still think that that division's got some some competitiveness there and I think the Texans are gonna have something to say about it Rhett Lewis is part of NFL network and I gotta say as a disciple of NFL game day one of my favorites to watch on Sundays yeah I'm telling you well I don't know if it's a secret but it it can hold its money or hold its own I should say on Sundays next to red zone and so and I love the story about your dad working in the NFL that certainly gives yeah a unique perspective too so you can find him on Twitter at Rhett R-H-E-T-T NFL it's great to catch up with you it's weird because it felt like the season never ended and yet that is the NFL these days so thank you for a couple of minutes oh my pleasure Amy anytime a big fan of your show as well and appreciate all of our loyal NFL game day live viewers hope to see you again next year if you don't want to or or don't have the ability to keep up with red zone Rhett's version of NFL game day is it's better than red zone it's actually my preferred way to to keep up with NFL Sunday so what an honor to have him on the show a lot of fun too good back and forth and I hadn't heard the story about his dad working as an athletic trainer in the NFL for four decades what an introduction to the sport right he was born into it all right you can find me on Twitter a law radio love to hear from you also on our Facebook page coming up I may have been the victim of a home invasion or not it's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio you are listening to the after hours podcast you're listening to after hours with Amy Lawrence hey Amy thank you for taking my call first time caller a long time with awesome hey how you guys doing tonight good always enjoy your show hey Amy I love your show thank you Kevin all right thank you hey Amy first time caller love love love your show you get my morning started off every day on my way to work awesome hi Amy I've been listening to you for the last five years awesome off and on you know and every time I listen to your show you're sharp you're prepared you're ready to go thank you thank you call Amy at eight five five two one two four cbs still to come this hour the unfortunate news about Edwin Diaz from the world baseball classic but why I cannot buy into this idea that if you're a major league baseball player and you get paid a lot of money somehow the WBC is not worth it or should be off limits to you I know it's a devastating injury not just for the Mets but for Edwin himself even though it's guaranteed money because that's the case in baseball he's missing out on a year in the prime of his career I feel terrible for him his brother was in tears seeing Edwin spill onto the ground and and not able to put any weight on his knee and it's a significant injury that's likely to keep him out for an entire year so we'll let you hear some of the reaction he actually did take to twitter to share his gratitude for those people who had reached out and of course the people who are praying for him but yeah it stinks and yet this is not about the WBC it's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS sports radio Marco Belletti is here in studio I have a dog who is approaching 13 and a half she creaks and groans and grunts and sighs and and essentially sounds like an old man most of the time that she's moving around it's it's funny except I am a very light sleeper so a lot of times her snoring and her grunting and her groaning and her I mean it sounds like jake breaks on a truck have you ever gone downhill uh next to a semi and they're jake break they're using their jake breaks you know what I'm talking about it's that like loud rumbling this is penny she doesn't do anything without a soundtrack anymore so I you and me both penny yeah right the same noises that my grandmother and my grandfather used to make right when they got older so I love this dog dearly and I'm very careful with her we walk very we shuffle around the block a couple times a day I might see her trot or even jog a few steps and that's a good day for penny we don't we don't move very quickly oh my gosh I'm not exaggerating about this it takes me five minutes to get her to wake up and get down the stairs to go out at night before I leave so I have to budget that into my my exit strategy because otherwise I sometimes I just I give up because I can't get her to wake up she's mostly deaf now um and and so the dog has many health challenges she's my special needs senior and I love her dearly she's been with me for it's actually 11 years next week I've had her I adopted her 11 years ago next week so she's a gift she rescued me not the other way around however you know the dog is she you know it she's it's like taking care of an old person so most of the time I don't have to worry anymore about her getting on the couch but I'll get an isolated incident where she'll be on the couch or this this happened not that long ago maybe two months ago where I all I did was go outside to take the trash out that's it I was outside for 30 seconds I come back and the dog is in my recliner but not laying down she's sitting up and looking at me just sitting in my recliner looking at me I had no idea she could still climb into my chair because they're rather high chair so but I haven't seen anything like that in quite a while there's been no dog here on the couch and I just kind of figured she can no longer get up there well little did I know I got home on Thursday morning first of all couch cushions strewn around the living room like the dog I don't know what she was doing just throwing them I guess then I go upstairs because even though she needs to take her time she still climbs the stairs up to my bedroom at least three times a day I try to get her day to stay downstairs or she won't I go upstairs to my bedroom I go because it's still it's still dark now around 6 45 7 o'clock eastern time so I go to turn on my light only to realize the lamp is not there the lamp is on the floor right so the the lamp's been knocked off the table a couple of different rooms I have throw rugs they've been all scrunched together like the dog's been digging so I don't know what happened but it wasn't a home invasion in lieu of a home invasion because it didn't appear to be any forced entry the dog went into every room and just had a total dude knocked a lamp over through couch cushions messing up the rugs I mean just her her bed was all askew get out of here I don't know what happened to the dog but she apparently decided that she was going to send me a few messages now if this is a puppy it would be frustrating I would say with an old dog I would feel good about this and the fact that she's still got a lot enough energy to do all that it's not going to be an everyday occurrence no it definitely is not that's so surprising but a lamp why do we need to be knocking over lamps well I mean you can ask penny I don't think she's going to give you much of an answer she can't really hear me ask her yeah I don't know I would take this as a good sign a lot of energy okay well she had a she had a burst of energy and she was able to I mean I don't know if she put it out in the proper form but she was able to get it out she did now this is the senior version of zoomies where it's rugs that are a mess and couch cushions and really the lamp was the last straw she appeared I don't know how she did that she probably she's a bit of a clodhopper so she probably backed into the cord and it probably scared the crap out of her maybe landed on her thankfully it wasn't broken so so that was good but yeah which could have turned into the reason why she maybe messed up with the throw rugs too because she was a little scared that could have been yeah you never know you're hitting on something here right she's she is a hoot and and I don't know if you've ever dealt with a well either a person or a pet who is hard of hearing but in penny's case and aussies are really smart she's an australian shepherd she follows me everywhere so she can see me it so she's always staring at me so not only do I have a dog that has you know diabetes so she's on insulin she's got anti-inflammatory she takes steroids you know I'm going to be very careful with her but she also she also is constantly watching me the two eyes and I don't know if you know aussies they have these very expressive eyes and they have eyebrows actually have eyebrows like different color fur over their eyes that serve like eyebrows watches me everywhere because the second I leave the room the dog follows me I have a shadow two eyeballs just boring a hole into my head she's always watching me yeah I only had a dog once but uh she lived to uh she was almost 15. Oh so yeah at the end she could barely see she could barely hear yeah yeah there was a lot of yeah and she would follow same thing because you know she wanted to make sure she knew what was going on but a lot of times she was looking in the wrong direction at the end you know but so yeah I know what you're talking about especially the hearing because you would you know you're kind of yelling for her constantly and she had no idea what was going on so I essentially have a ground rule or a house rule where I don't yell mostly because of my voice it's just not a good idea for people in this business to yell but the dog cannot hear me unless I yell yeah she can hear me clap really loudly and she can hear like if I drop my cell phone on the hardwood floors she can hear that weirdly enough she can still hear the squeaking of her favorite pet turtle but for the most part if I'm not yelling at the top of my lungs you can imagine what the neighbors think of me when we're outside because I don't walk around the leash where's she gonna go uh so I will try to get her attention penny penny penny thank you and the neighbors must think I am the biggest witch because I'm yelling at my dog but that's the only way she can hear me come on outside it sounds like I'm a really mean pet owner I mean maybe I would have to see would you ever yell at your child outside where people are watching I'm gonna plead the fifth on this I mean no I don't walking two miles for Halloween trick or treating I love that story I don't like to yell at my children I try not to but yes I do yell at my children I'm not gonna deny that uh I I've actually had the conversation many times with my son don't make me yell at you in front of other people there you go talk now and if you we gotta yell we'll yell later but don't make me yell at you in front of other people it gets me very mad so he understands that and you know I'm not looking to embarrass anybody right don't make me embarrass you yeah so yeah I get it but I don't think most of the time I don't think people care you don't think so no because I think your neighbors as long as they're the only thing that makes them look up is because it's a loud noise but I don't think they really care what other people are doing you know what I mean because do you really get like think about it for yourself you hear other people your neighbors whatever do you really care what they're doing I don't I mean if so if there's people yelling at each other I tend to hear it but I guess but I mean only if it's cause for concern well that's what I mean that's what I mean so like otherwise it's just like yeah yeah but I don't even whatever yeah I got things to do I don't have time for this maybe they're used to me I've been in this neighborhood now for oh gosh eight years so they're probably used to loud noises coming from my yeah my yard loud okay thank you pretty well that's because I make the noises all right we are Thursday night heading into a Friday amen to that I mean a a amen uh coming up next a tough 24 hours for Edwin Diaz and his major league baseball team some reaction but also let's not blame the WBC you are listening to the after hours podcast Diaz delivers swung out and missed strike three put it in the books okay it wasn't immaculate but he struck out the side Edwin Diaz ridiculous picks up his 23rd save of the year the Mets have the Mets have a come from behind win as they've taken the opener of this three game series from the Marlins in Miami this is after hours with Amy Lawrence oh I don't know if we'll hear those horns at all this season those are fairly tied fairly tied and I mean very closely to Edwin Diaz for Mets fans but we'll ask producer Jay should they use those horns for a different closer or are they specific to Edwin and they will be now put on ice and not heard the entire season at Citi Field no they should be put on ice for the season okay so no other closer can can hear the horns no that's Edwin's song that's okay all right got it so that's unfortunate because not only are you missing out on one of the best closers in the game for the entire 23 season more than likely but the music it's a travesty that the music will not be played either because it is one of the great entrance song can't call it a walk up but one of the great entries onto a baseball diamond walk yeah walk out I like entry it they're rolling out the red carpet for you or in this case the orange carpet for you Edwin Diaz and the fans go just totally crazy when those horns start to play and it's pretty amazing when they're loud and the fans are loud and he comes out of the bullpen it's yeah it's awesome it's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio Edwin Diaz gets injured celebrating not actually pitching but celebrating Puerto Rico's win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night this took place in Japan Japan this took place not in Japan in Miami no they're playing in Japan but not this game so it takes place in Miami and instantly the entire tone changes if I remember correctly Puerto Rico has been runner-up the last two year or last two world baseball classics so they're they've come close but the Dominican is the defending champion the Dominican is or maybe not the defending champ but the favorite definitely the favorite and so this is a huge deal and if you know anything about baseball in Central American countries and South American countries in the Caribbean it is a lifeblood along with soccer but I would say even more so than soccer major league baseball very often is a ticket out you you having spent time in Ecuador having spent time in Cuba having spent time in some other countries that are Hispanic baseball is one where they'll practice from the time they're a little bitty I remember being in Cuba we would try to hit I was terrible at it with a stick would try to hit a bottle cap that's how they practice to get ready for baseball and it's it's a lifeblood as I say it brings together communities entire nations are paying attention to the WBC and here is Edwin Diaz who yes is a very competent closer one of the best in the game for the Mets but he's participating for Puerto Rico in the world baseball classic and as it turns out he's severely injured a torn patellar tendon you can imagine that phone call to GM Billy Eppler one of our doctors Dr Carr was on property down and down in Miami so he called me from the clubhouse after he you know was able to give Edwin a clinical exam and said it looked pretty textbook for a patellar tendon injury what is the timeline for recovery because he already had the surgery on Thursday general timeline for a surgery like this is about eight months all right there are instances where athletes have come back earlier more around the six-month mark but those those are a little bit more of the exception than the rule so again already had the surgery there's a sense of urgency there he will begin a former rehab program in about a week or so as the swelling goes down he tweeted on social media to all my beloved fans especially the Mets fans I want to let you know that I'm doing well in healing I feel blessed and grateful for your support with messages and prayers thank you very much I can't wait to see you guys in New York again and play those trumpets ah but I want to stop short of saying that the world baseball classic is worthless or that he should not have been participating because his job and his responsibility are to the New York Mets try to think about it from the perspective of some of these small nations or I just said major league baseball players are known they're they're known they're cheered for they're supported they're beloved because there are a handful of them who make it big and bring notoriety to the country and also very often will come back and will spend money in that country baseball around the world is viewed as an opportunity for these nations to go toe to toe but also it it encompasses the entire country we're not talking about a handful of fans like here in the United States we have so many different options right we can we can watch basketball we can watch baseball we can watch football there's so many different ways as sports fans that we can be pulled in different directions but right now these nations are hanging on everything that's happening with a few star players who've come together to represent their countries and to proudly wear the uniform how do you tell an Edwin Diaz how do you tell some of these others like Shohei Ohtani no you can't participate in the world baseball classic because there's their exhibitions now I agree they're exhibitions they don't mean anything in terms of mean anything in terms of money in terms of championships here in the United States but these other countries have you seen the electric the electric response inside the Tokyo Dome in Japan have you seen the way the fans in Miami are embracing some of these other Hispanic nations and what it means to them to be able to support their favorite players and and to see them proudly wear their nation's colors so while it may not be as big a deal to us and again it's to me it's an exhibition you can't tell these major league players that they're not allowed to participate because it's everything to them it's everything to their families it's a matter of national pride it's a matter of stature it's unfortunate he got hurt but don't blame the wbc it's after hours tbs sports radio goalie gummies get you so close to your goals you can actually taste them the trick simply start with bite-sized steps like goalies apple cider vinegar gummies with added b vitamins for daily health or goalie ashwagandha gummies to help you relax restore and unwind tastes like wellness just got a whole lot better and when goals taste this good it's easy to achieve them goalie taste your goals learn more at today it's march that can mean only one thing the madness is here not in front of a tv on 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