Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie Baron Batch Out for the Year, But Who Cares?

Mad ChadAnalyst IAugust 11, 2011

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Baron Batch #25 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders scores a touchdown against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steeler’s rookie running back Baron Batch was injured in Wednesday's practice and has torn his ACL, meaning he'll be out for the season.

My question to "yinz" is "who cares?” Who cares that a seventh-round pick that wasn't even guaranteed to make the team is out for the year? I don't. It wasn't like he was going to take carries away from Rashard Mendenhall, who despite his annoying tweets, is actually one of the best running backs in the league.

Was Batch going to get more playing time instead of Mewelde Moore? Again I don't think so. My guess is that Batch was going to make the practice squad. I've seen people tweeting and posting stuff that they are praying for Batch and they hope he comes back next year and gets to play. I even see people concerned about the running back situation. Why? Again, Mendenhall is the real deal, and the Steeler's offense still revolves around Ben Roethlisberger.

Steeler Nation confuses me sometimes. I hear Steelers' fans boo Big Ben, their star two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, and they cheer and pray for a guy like Baron Batch. Why is that? Is it an underdog thing? Is it because Batch was undersized and drafted in the seventh round? Does the fact that his last name is Batch have anything to do with it?

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Since then I've asked people why Batch is so popular. I've gotten responses such as, "He's a great pass-blocking running back," and "He showed great effort.". 

Oh he's showed this in practice. In practice. We're talking about practice! Do it in a game, do it against another team, do it when it counts and maybe I'll drink the Kool-Aid. The fact is we have no idea how good Batch was going to be. I'm still not sure he was going to be on the active roster in the regular season.

I understand he's a great guy and has overcome a lot, but the fact is his injury means very little in terms of this season. Being a great guy does not mean you're going to be a great player. It sucks that he got hurt, but he was considered undersized and he didn't even make it out of camp healthy. Hey there's always next year. Until then, cry me a river.


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