Former Tiger Omar Infante was struck in the face with a pitch Monday night. He may have a concussion and a broken jaw but is lucky it wasn't worse.
Why baseball was my least favorite sport growing up out of the 4 majors.
This extremely rare occurrence is why you hate baseball? How long have you been keeping that comment at the hip, just waiting for this to happen?
Since when did least favorite=hate?
like Yeezus...he never wastes an opportunity to criticize baseball.
Hey, it's understandable - people are afraid of rare occurrences, like shark attacks and lightning strikes. Plus, regardless of frequency, fear can be very personalized and arbitrary. I was never afraid of tackling somebody, but I had a speedy ground ball take a weird jump off an infield pebble and hit me square in the face when I was certain it was going into my glove. The result? A lasting hesitancy to scoopi up hard grounders. I knew it was silly, but what are you gonna do? Hard to wrestle your own reptile brain into logical servitude sometimes.
I've felt like this long before today...there is something about the variables of a 100 mph ball that doesn't appeal to me although I love the physicality of football.
I had a baseball thrown at my head which knocked me out as I was rounding the bases to home. Baseball=/kickball stupid kids. I never bothered to play again.
I also found outfield incredibly boring versus football, basketball and soccer where I was generally constantly moving.
You are kidding, right?
I would say, of the major sports, baseball players are one of the least likely to sustain a major injury.
Now, if your reasoning is "I don't like balls in my face"- yeah, sure, I get that. ;)
ouch :( hope he's ok!
I get it - it's rare. But it does happen multiple times a year. I don't understand why more players don't wear helmets with full face protection. I bought my 9 year old son one and I told him if he hated it or thought it affected his vision, that he did not need to wear it. He said it doesn't bother him at all (and he's hitting over .600.) And none of the kids tease him about it. So it hasn't negatively affected his performance and it makes his mom and I that much more comfortable that he won't get concussed or lose teeth, or god forbid, something worse. Seems like a complete no-brainer, where the only downside is that it is not what these professionals are used to. It's just crazy that he's the only kid we've played yet who wears one. Now I just have to worry about him when he's pitching.
Why do hockey players quit wearing cages in the pros? Going further afield, why do so many motorcyclists not wear helmets? Having a helemt on is uncomfortable and there are social norms around what is an appropriate risk, what looks silly, what makes you look like a 'scaredy cat' and what is different, period.
I'm skeptical your son has 'never been teased' - you're around him 24/7? Kids get teased about anything and everything, something unusual will get targetted eventually.
Not to say I don't agree with you. I hope your son keeps his helmet on and leads a baseball revolution.
Certainly he's been teased - just not about wearing a batting helmet with a face guard. I actually think it looks intimidating and aggressive on kids.
He joins Jose Reyes, Michael Bourn, Doug Fister, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Aroldis Chapman (who got hit in the head with a line drive).
To be fair, it was known for some time that Iwakuma wasn't going to be ready by opening day and that Chapman obviously got hurt in spring training. Reyes on the other hand might as well just be a DL player in fantasy, so you should have had some knowledge on these injuries before you drafted, unless you drafted super early.
Bourn got hurt literally the day after I drafted (to give a time frame of the draft). Iwakuma and Chapman were both late picks (I think both were after round 15). Reyes fell a bit as well so I snatched him up.
Also, besides my pitching, my team kind of sucks (injuries with standing). I wouldn't call myself a great fantasy baseball guy, more like "hey, this guy did pretty good last year and isn't on a downward spiral of doom, let's pick him up", and then when I go to set my starting lineup opening day it looks like my starting lineup stormed the beach of Normandy June 6, 1944.
Ok those are fair more explainable, especially getting possible value past the 15th round. I suppose I had assumed you were that guy that grabbed Reyes in the 3rd round claiming, "Oh man he's gonna rake if he can stay healthy" the obvious caveat at the end is just mind blowing to me.
Gotta get him one of those OG Terry Steinbach jaw extension-things for his helmet...
Owie. Here's to a speedy recovery for Mr. Infante.
You know what's sad? Look at all the fans in the background. Look how few of them are actually watching the game.
Man that looked painful. As much as I loathe seeing/wearing them, the faceguards they make little leaguers wear might be a good idea. It sure beats the alternative.
That Randy Johnson/bird one still blows my mind every time I see that. I mean, that's literally got to be greater than a one a million thing, right?
Always amazed me how that batter still kept his eye on the ball after hitting that feather pillow.
...a few times before I realized it was a bird. My first thought was that it was a sniper shot blowing up the ball but that just seemed too ridiculous (even if it was a photoshop job).
That's the type of thing that could end his career. He may never be able to stay in and hit an outside pitch again with that in the back of his mind (or jaw). And would probably be susceptable to a lot of knee bending breaking balls that start at his head.
I hope he gets back soon. But son of a b*&%h poor little Omar is going to be afraid now.
Time to make the ball rubber.
Like, fo realz.
Yeah, like a lacross ball...
Yahoo! updated their story, so everyone here is aware (HERE)
"UPDATE: Infante had no broken bones and no concussion after undergoing tests. He received six stitches."
Very good news, of course, and hopefully he is back out there as soon as possible. I cannot imagine the pain and the terror that something might be very wrong in that moment though.
For the old timers out there, this incident brings back bad memories of one of the worst HBP's in memory - Tony Conigliaro of the 1967 Red Sox. He was an up and coming star major leage player, who had made his first All Star team that year. But, he got hit in the left cheekbone in a game against the Angels, the result of which was a broken jaw, cheekbone, and damaged retina. It took him a year and a half to return, and had a strong couple years. But, soon thereafter, his deteriorating vision ended his career. It was a real shame for a number of reasons. He might still be the youngest player in the A.L. to reach 100 homers.
once by a pitch and once by a batted ball when I was pitching. In both cases, the damned ball rode under the brim of the helmet or my cap as I ducked and hit my eyebrow. Thinking about being hit like that by a major league pitcher just leaves me cold.
I'm a sales associate at the BREITLING Boutique in Aventura, FL and had the opportunity to meet him just after he signed his contract with the Royals. Nice guy. Hope he isn't out too long.
I always liked Omar. Glad to hear he's going to be OK - at least physically. Hope mentally he's able to shake it off.