Robin Ventura endured one of the more unsightly sports injuries as a player during spring training in 1997, a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle. Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware's gruesome injury brought back bad memories for the White Sox manager.
"Oh yeah, it does,'' Ventura said. "Ironically, the trainer I had with the Mets, Fred Hina, is [Louisville's] trainer. You feel for him. Few people can sit and see an injury or have something happen like that. I know what's going through his head.''
Ventura's injury also affected his leg muscles, and he never returned to full strength. The daily pain from the ankle and leg forced him to use a cane and contributed to Ventura's decision to retire from baseball.
"I think the recovery's the hard part, being able to get your mind around making your way back,'' he said. "[Ware's] pretty young so I think that is in his favor. Again, your heart goes out to him for what he's going through.''