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Clay Buchholz has been the focus of the Boston media for his recent bout with esophagitis, and may now be under the microscope even more. Today an article surfaced on WEEI.com that Clay attended a charity event at Foxwoods on Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after his release from the hospital.
The event was a WAAF celebrity golf tournament which was a fundraiser for the Greg Hill Foundation. The fundraiser also featured a Stoli Vodka-sponsored pool party, which Buchholz did attend, but reportedly did not consume alcohol.
After his hospital release, it was agreed that he would not travel with the team to the west coast in order to stay local for further testing in order to successfully monitor his condition. A friend requested that Buchholz attend the fundraiser, and he agreed.
Similar to Josh Beckett going golfing on his off day after missing a start, Buchholz has received some heavy scrutiny for attending this event after his recent medical scare. I, however, don’t see anything wrong with what Clay did. He went to an event to benefit a charity of a friend of his. Last time I checked, celebrities helping out charities was a good thing. All reports indicate that he did not consume any alcoholic beverages, and was cautious of his current state of health.
I understand how some may see this as a problem, because he is paid millions of dollars to play baseball and this can be perceived as him brushing off his situation. However, he is still a human being. Are we really supposed to expect these athletes to live in a plastic bubble, void of any and all risks during the baseball season? These guys work hard to play at the level they are at. Clay just went through a frightening ordeal and if he wants to relax with some of his friends, while benefiting a charity at the same time, I say more power to him.
After all, he was 4-0 with a 2.53 earned run average in his past five starts. I’d say he still has a good head on his shoulders.