The reality of professional athletes

The recent craze surrounding the phenomenal Stephen Strasbourg has caused many who write about sports to reflect on should’ves and could’ves.  Usually, the comparisons for Strasbourg include guys like Marc Prior, the former Cubs pitcher who ended up being injury prone after a few phenomenal years in the majors.  In an article in the New Republic, Noam Scheiber talks about a forgotten hero of the Washington Nationals, John Patterson, and how Patterson represents the reality of all sports, namely the challenges and difficulties of succeeding.