A’s Pitcher Brandon McCarthy Writes This Week’s Point After Column

The Playoffs Ain’t Brain Surgery

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was sidelined for much of his team’s improbable playoff push after being hit in the skull with a line drive on September 5. In this week’s Sports Illustrated, he reflects on how Billy Beane, Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta embodied the team’s family mentality by sitting with his wife during his surgery, discusses his recuperation and offers a look into the A’s tight-knit clubhouse (page 68).

In expressing his confidence in the team’s ability to play deep in the postseason – perhaps with him on the mound – McCarthy writes, “When I had my most recent checkup with my neurosurgeon, I had to ask: If we get to the World Series, can I come back? He said that it’s not impossible—which was all I needed to hear. I have to monitor my concussion symptoms, and if they keep improving, then it’s something I’ll continue to aim for. After all, our team was 13 games behind in the AL West at the end of June and won the division on the season’s last day by beating out teams with way bigger payrolls. Impossible doesn’t mean much to us.”


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