I've always felt that soccer players were superior athletes. It's one thing to kick a ball with accuracy and know the game and all that, but the amount of running and fitness levels soccer players need to compete at the professional level is insane. Watch one training session and you will know just how hard soccer players work.
I suppose that's one of the reasons why I've soured on baseball in recent years. There are a lot of issues that plague the sport, including steroids and overpaid players and all that. Or maybe I've soured on it because the Dodgers have fucking sucked for years. But baseball players in athletic terms just don't compare to soccer players. They don't. Some (many?) probably do, but overall soccer is a much more demanding sport than baseball. Yes, it's hard to throw a ball 60 feet, 6 inches and it's even harder to hit it. But the ability to throw and hit isn't necessarily based on a person's athletic prowess.
Anyway, I was reminded of the fragility of some baseball players by a recent pair of injuries. On Monday, Red Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon hurt his back swinging a bat and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Over the weekend, Yankees pitcher Ching-Mien Wang partially tore a ligament in his foot running the bases.
Maybe those are freak injuries that have little to do with the player's fitness levels (although Colon's gut probably contributed to his injury). But I suppose it just serves to remind me of just how fit soccer players have to be in order to compete at the highest level.