Dibble has walked back his comments today, claiming that his two paragraph statement above has been taken out of context,
“If you're hurt, you can't suck it up, so that's a moot point, but if you're not hurt, that's what I was talking about. If you're not hurt and your arm's fine, then keep pitching....Our opinions are formulated through facts, not fiction, not their little chat room jargon, and so they can try and twist it any way they want, and if a guy's hurt, he's hurt, he's going to go on the disabled list, it's a moot point. But if he's not hurt, get your butt out there and play....They're two totally different scenarios, so, you know, stick to what you know, which is nothing, and stick to your little blogs."
Invited to Spring Training with the Cubs in 1996, Dibble washed out, taking what he called “a leave of absence.” “I came in quietly,” he reported without a hint of irony, “and I just want to go out quietly…. I haven’t seen any improvement in my control since surgery. It’s embarrassing to me personally and the people who have to keep calling my number in the bullpen. I won’t keep embarrassing them and myself. The game is for gifted players, not for handicapped guys.” And with that, completely forgetting about Pete Gray, Dummy Hoy and countless other “handicapped” guys that have played and occasionally thrived in the game (including Jim Abbott WHO WAS DIBBLE’S TEAMMATE IN 1995!!! Why is this man allowed, nay encouraged, to say things for money again?), Dibble was gone.
Given his own personal history, and how his horrible post-op experience on the mound must have been for him, you’ve got to wonder just why Dibble’s so cavalier with the health of others. Injuries can alter the course of careers, as Dibble well knows, even if he’s chosen to forget.