In the fight back from a devastating injury, the injury has won for Will Middlebrooks. But that's hardly anything to be ashamed of.
During Spring Training 2018, the former Red Sox starting third baseman was attempting to make a catch when he clattered into a teammate, fracturing his fibula before being carted off the field.
Middlebrooks rehabbed throughout the year before ultimately deciding to hang 'em up prior to the 2019 campaign.
The former Bostonian peaked during his rookie year, hitting .288 with 15 homers in an otherwise-lost 2012 season for the Red Sox.
But that strange campaign begat big things for Boston, and the 2013 follow-up team brought a World Series trophy home to the city, buoyed by Big Papi's incredible clutch knack. Middlebrooks started at third for that #GetBeard squad, hitting .227 with 17 more dingers. His World Series ring will shine forever, folks.
The upbeat Texan native was traded to San Diego after a rough 2014 season before bouncing to Milwaukee, Texas, and the Phillies to wrap up his tenure in the bigs.
My lasting memory of Will Middlebrooks will always be when he got called for obstruction in Game 3 of 2013 World Series. I was at that game. Not his fault by any means. Always liked him as a player. I’ll just never forget that moment. https://t.co/hfcmG9XjTY— Cody Rivera (@SportsCody) January 11, 2019
Shoutout to a champion.