When John Darley and Bibb Latane conducted their landmark studies on pluarlistic ignorance and bystander apathy, they clearly did not gather a group of Phillies fans into a room and gauge their reactions to a hobbled second baseman with chronic knee pain. I know this because my email inbox has been flooded with messages expressing both dire concern and helpful remedies for alleviating the patellar tendinitis that currently threatens his immediate playing future.
I have been advised to advise Utley about numerous difference scenarios, from waiting a few weeks to see if the cortisone injection results in a delayed reaction, to something called cold laser therapy. I am prepared to forward every email I receive to Ruben Amaro Jr., because he made it very clear that the team was in the process of soliciting opinions, and I don't think he specified whether he wanted those opinions to be of the professional variety.
Personally, I find the best remedy to knee pain is to cease all physical activity, post up on the couch with a bag of Pepperoni Pizza Combos, and catch up on back episodes of Mad Men. Speaking of which, Donald Draper looks to be in pretty good shape, and he exists solely on a diet of Lucky Strikes, whiskey, and vulnerable women. Perhaps Utley and Amaro should consider that option.
Anyway, I tend not to put too much stock in the opinions of people -- doctors or otherwise -- who do not have first-hand knowledge of an injury. As Phils athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said yesterday, everybody is different. There is a reason doctors diagnose patients in person, and not via newspaper articles and blog accounts.