In part 2 of my off-season “strange baseball” series, I give you the most entertaining baseball injuries of all time:
· We’ll begin with my personal favorite: Adam Eaton, when he was with the Padres: Adam accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife while trying to unwrap a DVD in 2001. And the Phillies later signed this genius to a three-year deal worth $24 million because…???
· Relief pitcher, and former Phillie, Larry Anderson strained a rib muscle getting out of a Jacuzzi. I am guessing because he did not want to sit down his beer first… J
· John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt that was ON him at the time. Who irons clothes while wearing them? Wow.
· Chris Brown missed over 250 games between 1984 and 1988 due to supposed injuries. He once claimed that he slept on his eye wrong and could not play as a result. He also used the “bruised tooth” excuse once as well. That’s his story and he’s stickin’ to it.
· Wade Boggs injured his back while trying to put on cowboy boots; he apparently lost his balance…and his dignity.
· Aaron Rowand hurt his left shoulder while playing tag with his kids. Really, I could think of more interesting ways to accomplish this…and it does not involve children. J
· Glenallen Hill, plagued by nightmares, once fell out of bed and onto a glass table after dreaming that he was covered in spiders. Serious arachnophobia gone wrong.
· Bret Barberie missed a game after accidentally rubbing chili juice in his eyes. A budding chef, no doubt.
· Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting. No more drinking games for him… J
· Phil Niekro injured his hand after shaking his hands too hard. What??
· Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1972 because he tired. He said the crickets chirping in his hotel room kept him awake all night. He also missed a game 2 year later after claiming to have slept funny and, as a result, his eyelid was stuck shut.
· Nolan Ryan was once bitten by a coyote pup that he tried to take home with him after finding two of them wandering the countryside. Lesson? Leave Mother Nature alone.
· Cal Ripken Jr. broke his nose while posing for an All-Star Team photo. He was “accidentally” elbowed in the face by Roberto Hernandez.
· Sammy Sosa went into back spasms after sneezing too hard. Benadryl anyone?
· Brandon Inge strained his oblique while trying to move a pillow for his son. Was the pillow made of bricks?
· Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to rip a phonebook in half. The Incredible Hulk would have been impressed.
· Ricky Henderson missed several games in August of 1985 because of frostbite. He left an ice pack on his foot a tad too long. Another genius.
· Ricky Bones injured his lower back trying to get out of a chair while watching TV in the clubhouse. A real “bone” head move.
And now for the truly sick and “twisted” – The Bad Balls Club (warning: men should not read if you have a weak stomach) –
· Felix Pie missed time during 2008 spring training with a twisted testicle.
· Chris Snyder was on the 15-day DL in July 2008 with a fractured testicle after getting hit with a foul ball. Foul balls, indeed.
· And last, but not least, Ken Griffey Jr. missed a game after he pinched his right testicle between his leg and his cup.
Feel free to add your own favorite baseball injuries in the comments section below. And please, do not try any of these feats at home.
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Ken Griffey Jr. hit home run #600 last night in Miami at Dolphin Stadium against Marlins left-hander Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the 9-4 Reds win. Only five other players in history have ever reached the 600 home run milestone. The 2 run shot landed in the right field seats and was witnessed by about 16,000 fans and most of Griffey’s family who came to the game from their home in nearby Orlando.
During Griffey’s recent visit to Philadelphia, he came about one foot shy of hitting #600 off of Cole Hamels, but the long shot was caught at the wall by Shane Victorino in centerfield. This win for the Reds over the Marlins changes the NL East standings a bit going into tonight’s Phillies – Marlins series. The Phillies currently hold a 4 game lead over the Marlins for first place; Atlanta, still with an ailing Chipper Jones, is 6.5 games back; the Mets are 7.5 back; and the Nationals are 14 games back.
Cole Hamels is back in All-Star shape after today’s complete game shut-out of the Reds, giving up only 3 hits and 3 walks with 4 strike outs. He looked more than comfortable, even giving a wry smile when Ken Griffey Jr. missed home run #600 by inches off him late in the game, flying out to Shane Victorino in center who caught the long ball right up against the padded wall. Cole wasn’t rattled. He just grinned and kept right on pitching. So, now he can sit back and celebrate a job well done and give his tired arm a well deserved rest J
Bit of a slowdown offensively again, with just 5 hits and 2 earned runs; the other runs came off of errors. One thing to point out though is that Geoff Jenkins has been quietly bringing his average up. He is at a .285 right now and the home run today puts him at 6 for the year, which is an area I think when he was brought in, he was really expected to put up some numbers similar to what Rowand did when he was here. So, this is a good sign that he may have found his comfort zone in this park and with the team. Victorino had another hit today too, which continues his streak of consistent hitting and getting on base. He is batting a .283 right now and has 12 stolen bases. It’s good to see some of these guys that had been struggling look like they have found their groove.
On to Atlanta now to face the Braves who have recently been rocked by the loss of veteran pitcher John Smoltz to surgery. I would pretend to be saddened by this news, but then you might scroll down my blog and see my Braves voodoo doll and realize that I am so not telling the truth J Well, in all honesty, I wish pain and surgery upon no one; but a really good opposing pitcher is welcome to take a vacation from his team any time he likes, especially when they are about to play the Phillies!
And since I forgot to mention it in the previous entry, if anyone has an odd fear of squirrels, stay out of sections 145 and 144 in Citizens Bank Park. That is where my friend the squirrel was wandering about yesterday J But seriously people, they are so cute! Just toss him a french fry and let him be… Have a good one!
Well folks, the current Phillies – Braves game is not looking good so I felt a bit of comic relief might be in order here. And nothing cheers me up more than a healthy dose of Sarge’s baseball wisdom. In fact, who has not been endlessly entertained these past 2 years listening to Mr. Matthews cloud the TV airways with his jumbled player name pronunciations and inventive twists on the English language? I believe he may even have coined a few new phrases.
How about the “Courtesy Turn?” I first heard this one as Chase Utley smacked a homer out of the park against the Reds on April 4th. Apparently, Ken Griffey Jr. “turned” to watch the ball leave the park and Sarge referred to this as Griffey giving the knock a “courtesy turn.” How kind of him, indeed. Such a gentleman. Perhaps in their next series, Griffey will present Utley with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates?
Speaking of Utley, in the book of Matthew-isms, “Professional Hitter” is right there at the top of the list where Mr. Utley is concerned. He almost cannot have a conversation about Chase Utley without this particular phrase coming into play. But don’t worry; it is not only reserved for Utley. He spreads the wealth on this one. Certainly a favorite of the Sarge, you can hear it at least once or twice per broadcast. And I giggle every time…
And I have reserved my absolute favorite Matthew-isms for last! Drum roll please!!!! You will know it as soon as you hear it…he says it ALL the time! Yes, you guessed it, it is “A Good Athlete!” As in, this guy here is “a real good athlete.” He says it on average, 3-6 times per broadcast. Now Sarge, you know I LOVE you, but considering these guys ARE all Major League ball players, I sure hope they are all good athletes! Hee! Sarge, you are SO darn cute! I just want to pinch your cheeks and give you a giant bear hug :o) And in honor of your adorableness, here is a photo of you toting the BBQ at last years’ BBQ challenge:
Well, the Phillies have managed to score a few runs so back to watching the game I go…I have a busy day tomorrow too to get ready for! Look for me on TV too! I’ll be attending the Phillies Baseball 101 clinic for women and I will be featured on the NBC 10! Show at 2pm as part of a mini-clinic from the day. I’m staying for the game tomorrow night so I’ll report back on Thursday and let you know how it goes! Have a good one!