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The Wetteland story changes dramatically

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm with 5 Comments »
November 12, 2009 7:05 pm

John  Wetteland
John Wetteland
What was initially reported as a possible suicide attempt by Mariners bullpen coach John Wetteland now appears to be a major misunderstanding that followed a family argument.

News reports from Denton, Tx. had the 43-year-old Wetteland taken to a local hospital after asking for help when police responded to a woman’s call about a man in the home discussing suicide.

That version stunned coaches and players who knew Wetteland, and the story now has completely changed.

Sources with the team say Wetteland never considered suicide Thursday, that the call to police came during a family argument and was a misunderstanding. When police arrived with paramedics, Wetteland walked out to meet them and paramedics found his blood pressure elevated.

The paramedics asked Wetteland to accompany them to a local hospital to be checked out further. He was, and was never admitted as a patient.

“It’s a huge misunderstanding that became a national story,” one coach said. “John’s fine. The family is fine”

The Mariners had no response to the initial stories, but are aware of the news and are following it closely.

Wetteland’s eccentric, intense personality helped the Mariners bullpen form a tight bond in 2009, and he mentored first-time closer Aardsma from early in spring training.

“Every guy in the bullpen would hop on a plane today and fly to Texas to see him if he asked,” Mark Lowe said. “I’m with Sean White, and we were trying on tuxedoes for his wedding on Saturday when we heard the news. The first thing I did was start praying for him.

“John’s got a family that just adores him, and friends who’d do anything for him. He’s strong, and he’ll get through this, whatever it is.”

A musician with a passion for rock music – and a collection of electric and accoustic guitars, which he often traveled with – is married with four children.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. mariadipp says:

    May God bless you and your family Mr. Wettland. It will get better, even if it doesn’t seem like it will.

  2. FewWords111 says:

    My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you TNT for updating your story. The television news is still calling it a “mental” issue.

  3. paperbackwriter says:

    Good grief. I go to a new Doc to get a biopsy for a cancer skin check and my blood pressure jumps over the fence. Actually, most any activity will do that. I get really ticked at all the media types that just love to spread tales, regardless of what is the truth, just to get their stuff in print.

  4. snydro22 says:

    Whether it’s mental health issues or blood pressure issues doesn’t matter.. Either way, it is his business and we should all respect that. I don’t think police reports should contain medical concerns as they are not protected from HIPPA regulations.. Such concerns should be reported separately and withheld from public records.

    I’m hoping he is okay. He is a good person and he deserves our respect.

  5. Some of the media takes the sensational route. What a shocker. I wish they would take their responsibility more seriously sometimes.

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