To whom it may concern—I'm relatively sure that ending Jason LaRue's career with a bicycle kick is, in the vaunted Unwritten Rulebook, worth more than the de facto one start suspension Johnny Cueto received:â†µ
When it first happened I thought it was just another concussion. I felt within a couple days I would be fine," La Rue recalled. "But I didn't feel good. And for a long time nothing progressed."â†µ
Resulting trauma to the brain left LaRue unable to drive or even to cook for himself. Minimal activity created sensations that he likened to seasickness, as LaRue would develop excruciating headaches and nausea.â†µ
Watching television or riding in a car for more than a couple miles brought on symptoms. Eventually doctors ordered him to rejoin his family in Texas since he was in no condition to be left alone here.â†µ
Don't get me wrong—baseball fracases in general are inane affairs, and by even getting involved in one the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds collectively made a childish, ill-advised decision. But even children know better than to kick somebody in the face, and when they do the resulting time-out is usually more commensurate with the crime.