Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Tommy John

Tommy John and America's pastime are virtually synonymous heading into 2019. Even 10-to-15 years ago it was a bit of a shock when a player had to miss the season for the surgery. But now? Sure, it still sucks when a player misses the season with this procedure, but it's just become a part of the norm among the baseball community and perhaps it's one of the driving forces that's killing ratings and attendance (I'm being facetious). But this surgery is almost becoming expected amongst young MLB pitchers. Justin Verlander and Chris Sale have successfully avoided the procedure and both are still throwing hard despite the dip in velocity. You can certainly avoid the procedure throughout your career. However, there is a bit of a "ticking time bomb" aspect to Tommy John surgery. So to fully understand it, we must travel back in time...

A Bit Taboo

Frank Jobe is credited with performing the first successful ulnar collateral ligament...