Royals Pitcher Who Doesn’t Have a Guaranteed Roster Spot Fell Through the Roof of His Barn

If you’re a fringe player in the MLB who is hoping to make the roster coming out of spring training, why in the hell would you decide to do some work on the roof of your barn days before camp opens?

Days before he departed for camp, reliever Brian Flynn crashed through the roof of a barn at his home in McAlester, Okla., breaking a rib and sustaining three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae, Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday. Flynn, a 26-year-old left-hander, is slated to miss close to eight weeks. He entered camp hoping to compete for a spot in a revamped Royals’ bullpen, but the injury stands as a significant setback.

First of all, how shitty is your barn? Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago you tend to see a lot of decrepit barns because the owners sold the land to housing developments that were never built because economics. So I’m picturing one of those, where there is literally wood missing and it looks like a strong wind could blow it over. No wonder this thing needed some work.

Bryan Flynn made $515,950 last season. Maybe he should’ve just called someone. I make…less than that. And I know for a fact that I’m not getting on my roof to repair it when the winds of southwest suburban Chicago blow the shingles onto I-55. I have a men’s league season to think about, and I’m not about to jeopardize my shot to make the Big Leagues just to say I did my own roof repairs.


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