McCarthyanswermanBrandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks wants you to be aware of one thing: He might use sarcasm from time to time. A smart-alecky and self-deprecating personality helps when dealing with a maddening shoulder condition that's cost him innings and dollars, and might limit his career.
His attitude also makes him a fun follow on Twitter. He's not only a jokester, practicing a standup routine nobody will ever see in person. McCarthy actually contributes thoughtful responses in everything from social issues to analytics in baseball.
After a recent Cactus League game, McCarthy sat down for a long Answer Man discussion that touched on, well, a variety of topics. Hey, if he can handle his barking shoulder — not to mention getting hit in the head with a line drive — he can do this. So grab a coffee, use the restroom and settle in!
David Brown: What’s the last thing you remember before getting hit in the head?
Brandon McCarthy: I think I remember everything. I don’t know if it’s me actually painting the picture. I remember as the ball was coming out … actually, I don’t know. I was unhappy with the pitch. I didn’t want to … It was weird. Before I threw through the pitch, I thought “This would be a good time for a change-up.” And I didn’t have a change-up for that. And I remember getting hit and I guess I remember the rest.
DB: Do you ever get mad at your shoulder?
BM: No. I might when I’m done playing. It’s just something that’s out of my control so I don’t ever get angry with things I don’t control because it’s dumb to do. People that worry about stuff they can’t control bug me. If there’s something you, literally, could be doing to [change] something then that’s a whole different issue. I feel like I’ve tried everything I can, within reason, to do with my shoulder. And if it doesn’t respond and fix itself, then it’s just the hand you’re dealt. But, no, I don’t get mad at it.
DB: Going through your shoulder thing, has that helped you learn to not worry about things you can’t control?
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