The below is a cross-post by Scott Levesque of RedSoxLife.com
What do you do when you’re trying to find a support group for large athletes dealing with Achilles injuries and you can’t find one? First, you need to realize there are not enough of you to warrant a support group and second you find the biggest athletes around that dealt with the same injury issue and ask them.
That’s exactly what Red Sox slugger David Ortiz did as he sought (serendipitously) the advice of one Shaquille O’Neal. When Ortiz was initially diagnosed with the injury - walking around in a boot - he ran into the 7-footer and the two discussed the injury at length. Follow his final season (2010-2011) in the NBA Shaq was seen hanging around Boston (why won't he since it's the greatest city on earth) and the two naturally found their way to one another, naturally.
“I bumped into him while I was wearing the boot,” said Ortiz. “We just talked about the first time he started getting pain. He struggled with that....