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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Giants’ Affeldt hurt playing with son

Affeldt something pop.

If Jeremy Affeldt could not laugh about being the king of freak injuries, he might cry. Before he heard one question about his latest trip to the disabled list, he said, “I was separating frozen hamburgers and I slipped on the floor.”

Actually, Affeldt sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday night when his son Walker, a 4-year-old who already stands 4-foot-6 and weighs 60 pounds, leaped off the sofa and ran into Affeldt’s arm when the pitcher got home.

Affeldt said he felt a pop in the knee. Though it did not hurt much then, he awoke at 4 a.m. and felt the knee throb as he turned. This time, frozen food was his salvation. Affeldt had no ice, so he applied a bag of vegetables to the knee before calling trainers.

An MRI exam confirmed the sprain, which manager Bruce Bochy said needs seven to 10 days to heal.

Repoz Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:01 AM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:08 AM (#4121431)
He should have his father taken away.
   2. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:21 AM (#4121435)
I'm sure everyone will rip into Affeldt the same way they ripped into Joba when he got hurt playing with his son. Right, guys? Right?
   3. Guapo Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:27 AM (#4121437)
Pitchers should never name their kids "Walker." (unless they play for the Texas Rangers)

I would like to know what you feed a 4 year old to get him to 4 foot 6, 60 lbs.
   4. villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4121442)
a 4-year-old who already stands 4-foot-6 and weighs 60 pounds
The boy should have his HgH taken away.
   5. villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:44 AM (#4121444)
I'm sure everyone will rip into Affeldt the same way they ripped into Joba when he got hurt playing with his son. Right, guys? Right?
Hugs are inherently just as dangerous as backyard trampoline acrobatics. Right, guys? Right?
   6. Elvis Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:01 AM (#4121448)
I would like to know what you feed a 4 year old to get him to 4 foot 6, 60 lbs.


While he's a skinny kid, my 9 year old does not weigh 60 pounds.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4121451)
I would like to know what you feed a 4 year old to get him to 4 foot 6, 60 lbs.

Other, smaller kids.
   8. flournoy Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:39 AM (#4121454)
I'm sure everyone will rip into Affeldt the same way they ripped into Joba when he got hurt playing with his son. Right, guys? Right?


Like villageidion implied, there is no similarity between spraining your knee when your son leaps into your arms and tearing apart your ankle while playing on a trampoline.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4121456)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Children are the tool of the devil.
   10. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:44 AM (#4121457)
While he's a skinny kid, my 9 year old does not weigh 60 pounds.

My 10 year old is 4 foot 8 and about 60 pounds. That is one giant 4-year old.
   11. Lassus Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:03 AM (#4121469)
I was going to say, that's actually kind of unsettling.
   12. Sean Forman Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4121478)
That size at age 4 has to be like 99.99% I would think.
   13. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4121479)
Ballplayers are away from home a lot and can't keep track of what's going on. Mrs. Affeldt has been playing this prank on Jeremy ever since the lad was a 3-foot-tall "newborn".

(Edit: The above 2 sentences would be a good premise for a comedy, starring Jason Sudeikis as Jeremy Affeldt.)
   14. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4121480)
That must be a typo. If it's not, the child belongs in a zoo.
   15. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4121483)
That must be a typo. If it's not, the child belongs in a zoo.

The kid is actually 6-foot-4 and 600 pounds.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4121484)
I would like to know what you feed a 4 year old to get him to 4 foot 6, 60 lbs.

He's adopted from the Dominican; he's actually 12.
   17. bunyon Posted: May 02, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4121497)
Hugs are inherently just as dangerous as backyard trampoline acrobatics. Right, guys? Right?

While I take, and agree, with your point, I've known a number of people injured by overenthusastic children showing affection for parents. Including myself. As a kid. I was large for my age (no idea how big I really was). Anyway, I would "tackle" my dad. I'd run up, circle his legs and give him a big hug. One morning after he'd been away, I saw him in the kitchen and I ran to him and hit him with my hug good. Unfortunately, it was just as he was taking a pot of boiling water (with eggs) off the stove. Contents spilled down the top of my head, then back. Mostly second degree burns but some third. Mom says she thinks he yelled louder than I did. Years later I found out while I was in the ER being tended to by very nice people, Dad was being grilled by cops and social services types a couple of rooms down. I confirmed his story and he was obviously pretty broken up about it and all ended happily. To this day when I try to tell the story as a funny "kids..." type story, he winces and asks me not to.

Anyway, kids like flying around well past the time they're too big for it. Ask around and you'll probably discover quite a few child-inflicted broken bones (I can think of three fingers (on three different hands) I've known to have been broken by a "happy" child). Kids are dangerous, man.
   18. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4121527)
An online calculator says that a 4'6", 60-pound 4.5 year old is at the 97th percentile for both height and weight. Seems low to me. My nephew is that age, and I know he's much bigger than the other kids in his preschool, but he's not close to that height.

My son has always been a little taller and a bit skinnier than average. He's about to turn seven and is right around four feet tall, weighing 48 pounds.

If Affeldt's kid is really only at 97%, I'd hate to see the 99 percenters.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4121538)
Ask around and you'll probably discover quite a few child-inflicted broken bones...


Well, there's always this guy.
   20. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4121541)
Could we get the child's real height, and not his NBA listed height?
   21. Russ Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4121547)
An online calculator says that a 4'6", 60-pound 4.5 year old is at the 97th percentile for both height and weight. Seems low to me. My nephew is that age, and I know he's much bigger than the other kids in his preschool, but he's not close to that height.


That chart is not accurate... the highest percentile it yields is 97th (put in the same height and weight for a 2 year old). 54 inches is way the hell out there... must be a typo. That's the 95%ile for a male who is *8* years old, so it's either a typo or the child is gigantically large.

More accurate CDC chart

I would guess the child is 5.5, not 4.5. That would make much more sense.
   22. base ball chick Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4121550)
a 4 year old is 48+ 6 = 52" tall? he's the size of an average 9 year old

my youngest son is extremely large for his age - he's the youngest kid in his class by a lot and he's the second biggest in his class so he doesn't have it so bad except that a lot of people look at him and think he's older than he is - he's about the size of a 11 - 12 year old and he's almost 9 - and then think he's immature for his "age" which he's not. he's gonna look like frank thomas when he's full grown.

but this kid will be the size of an average 4th or 5th grader when he starts kindergarten and i feel for him. i mean, that is beyond HUGE. i really feel for that kid
   23. villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4121554)
a 4 year old is 48+ 6 = 52" tall? he's the size of an average 9 year old
Or 10% larger than Dustin Pedroia.
   24. Tom T Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4121561)
but this kid will be the size of an average 4th or 5th grader when he starts kindergarten and i feel for him. i mean, that is beyond HUGE. i really feel for that kid


There is a 11-year-old boy in our local basketball league who is already 5'10"+.

We had a 6'8" guy in our freshman class (not sure he grew beyond that), and I'm guessing this kid and Affeldt's kid could be in that neighborhood by high school.

Aside from all that, I'd hope someone has checked Affeldt's kid for a pituitary tumor....
   25. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4121562)
Thanks, Russ. I thought those numbers seemed off.
   26. base ball chick Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4121571)
tom,

I doubt it. docs they don't seem to care if a kid is really tall for their age - it's the human obsession with taller = better. Didn't nobody ever want to check my son for any sort of tumor or anything else and he's been off the growth charts since age 3. Although i did have one doc at the clinic one day look at tiny little me and giant kid and ask kind of casually what his daddy looks like and when i told him that my son was adopted, he dropped the subject. They are only obsessed with his WEIGHT being off the growth chart even though he is solid and wide and NOT fat at ALL, and i get tired of it. I should not have to tell a doctor that since he is the size of an almost 12 year old they shouldn't use numbers for 8 year olds but they do anyhow.
   27. mike f Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4121603)
Here's a blog post that claims to have a pic of the family with him at 8 months. He seems pretty huge at that point. And assuming that the date is correct (8 months in May 2008), he'd be 4 years and 8 months old now. </cyber stalking>
   28. phredbird Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:41 AM (#4121612)
the buddha named his sone rahula, which can be loosely translated as 'burden', or, 'fetter'.
   29. base ball chick Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4121613)
yeh, that's a giant baby for 8 months. i saw jennie finch (she really IS 6' tall) and her son (when her husband (6-5)got called up to give up runs for the astros) and that child was tall for his age but not a freak like this kid.

Jeremy affeldt is reported to be 6-4 and his wife looks like she's about 6" shorter and this kid looks like he's gonna be way over 7' tall he keeps growing like that. unless he quits growing when he's 12 years old.
   30. base ball chick Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4121617)
oh phred - since you're here, i LOVED that post you wrote bout me on that onion - the astros are missing - entry. you ROOL
   31. phredbird Posted: May 02, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4121636)
well why dint you give me some props THEN? i thought i had maybe said the wrong thing cuz all i heard was the sound of crickets ...
   32. Matt Welch Posted: May 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4121659)
I've got a nasty scar on my thumb from trying to separate frozen hamburgers....
   33. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: May 02, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4121688)
Jeremy affeldt is reported to be 6-4 and his wife looks like she's about 6" shorter and this kid looks like he's gonna be way over 7' tall he keeps growing like that. unless he quits growing when he's 12 years old.


That's what happened to me. I hit 6-1 a month after my 11th birthday and the doctor said I was going to be 6-8, minimum. Then I all but stopped growing. I added weight, but only made it to 6-2. It's not like I had an early growth spurt or anything, I was just really ####### tall from birth until the 5th grade.
   34. base ball chick Posted: May 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4121693)
phred

cuz i didn't read it until TODAY - i don't have the time to check every post every DAY

and for all youse who missed it:

phredbird Posted: April 27, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4117892)
'a known acquaintance of the astros, lisa gray, refused to admit a reporter into her home, but admits that she had been in a long 'sort of relationship but not no dirty sht' with the franchise and occasionally brought it meals, but had not been in contact lately. she expressed surprise when contacted by authorities. "sigh -- i hadn't been around for what bout a month or so, i got two boyz and a hungry husband to feed too an can't always be helpin a useless tramp what don't even take care of his own self. he's prolly sleepin if off somewheres and when he shows up expects me to wash his dirty uniform."'
   35. BDC Posted: May 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4121698)
Weren't those growth charts compiled in 1937, or something? Every child I've ever met seems to be at the 99th percentile.
   36. Greg K Posted: May 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4121705)
I heard about a study (on QI, so take it for what it's worth) that tallness correlates with salary to roughly the same extent as gender or race.
   37. phredbird Posted: May 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4121723)
cuz i didn't read it until TODAY - i don't have the time to check every post every DAY


btf was better when everybody read every post in every thread.
   38. zenbitz Posted: May 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4121724)
Oh what a fake story. I am sure he was washing his truck!
   39. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: May 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4121777)
I heard about a study (on QI, so take it for what it's worth) that tallness correlates with salary to roughly the same extent as gender or race.


There have been several studies that show this. My understanding though is that height also correlates to a lot of other things (basically relating to your background) that explain all or most of the salary differential in themselves. It makes sense -- height correlates strongly with childhood nutrition and with your mother's height. If you eat well as a kid (and your mom ate well as a kid, and her mom before her), you're probably coming coming from a reasonably well-off background and a reasonably healthy family. Those things in and of themselves correlate well to all sorts of other things that lead to economic success. So it's not that tall people are richer, it's that rich people are taller.

EDIT: And I'd like to think that my interpretation is true, otherwise it's depressing how ###### I'd be if I were 5-8.

   40. Dave Spiwak Posted: May 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4121993)
Albert Pujols was also 4'6" and 60 lbs. in 1983, when he was "three."
   41. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4122006)
There have been several studies that show this. My understanding though is that height also correlates to a lot of other things (basically relating to your background) that explain all or most of the salary differential in themselves. It makes sense -- height correlates strongly with childhood nutrition and with your mother's height. If you eat well as a kid (and your mom ate well as a kid, and her mom before her), you're probably coming coming from a reasonably well-off background and a reasonably healthy family. Those things in and of themselves correlate well to all sorts of other things that lead to economic success. So it's not that tall people are richer, it's that rich people are taller.

I'm sure that's part of it, but there's no denying that people react better to people who are considered more attractive. And tallness is considered attractive.

Plus, kids who are tall are likely to grow up with greater confidence, less likely to be bullied, greater success in sports, etc., that can shape their personalities.
   42. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: May 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4122017)
My best friend's nephew is enormous like Affeldt's kid. He was 12lbs at birth and was over 3 feet tall and 30 lbs by his first birthday.
   43. Tom (and his broom) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4122038)
EDIT: And I'd like to think that my interpretation is true, otherwise it's depressing how ###### I'd be if I were 5-8.


just waiting for bbc to respond to this...

Plus, kids who are tall are likely to grow up with greater confidence, less likely to be bullied, greater success in sports, etc., that can shape their personalities.


or this...

   44. Greg K Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM (#4122061)
I find I'm singularly awful at judging height. I pretty much see everyone as 6 feet tall (roughly my height) unless they are 6'10 or 5'4. If I had to list my friends of 20 years by height it would be pure guess-work. Though it's not exclusively a height thing...I think I'm just one of the least observant people on the planet. Put a gun to my head and the only person on Earth whose eye colour I'm sure of is mine.

...although now that I think about it I'm not so sure. I'm pretty sure brown.
   45. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: May 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4122117)
My kid just turned 3 and is nearing 50 lb. And she is a girl! Tall for her age, and seriously solid. And the real miracle is that she has a rare disease (eosinophilic esophagitis) that basically keeps her from eating anything. She mostly survives on a special formula made of raw nutrients. No cookies or candy or anything (or meat or bread or anything else for that matter). Sometimes kids are just big. (She's adopted, and from what little we know, dad was a basketball player in the Oliver Miller mode.) She just turned 3 but looks like a 5 year old.

And to relate to the other part of this thread/article, she likes to wrestle and roughhouse with me, and I can pretty much guarantee that someday she will break either one of my bones or my nose.
   46. bumpis hound Posted: May 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4122122)
No one should be surprised, he *is* the son of a Giant, after all.
   47. base ball chick Posted: May 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4122282)
bob dernier -

the chart i linked to is the latest. although i think that the height of the average White or Black texan is much greater than that chart. I would bet the average height is 2 - 3" taller than that chart

Tom (and his broom) Posted: May 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4122038)
EDIT: And I'd like to think that my interpretation is true, otherwise it's depressing how ###### I'd be if I were 5-8.


just waiting for bbc to respond to this...


- i am 5-2 on a tall day and am tired of hearing stuff like this and it is why jose altuve ROOLZ!!!!!! and so does wandy rodroguez (5-11 my ass - more like 5-8)


Plus, kids who are tall are likely to grow up with greater confidence, less likely to be bullied, greater success in sports, etc., that can shape their personalities.

- that is not always true especially if the kid is a giant next to his/her classmates. sometimes those kids are the ones who are picked on.

and some females are all weird about being tall - i do not get that - prolly because my mama was at least 5-10 and wore her 3" heels and strutted.

as for how the kid does, it kind of depends on the kid because some kids are shy or introverted or selfconscious or weird no matter WHAT they look like, tall or short. i know a couple of really large kids who were seriously bullied.

but it sure seems to me that most females prefer tall males even if they are ridiculously taller and men - well who can tell with Yew Peeple - i think you prefer adoration/attention first and foremost and then you think about stuff like height...

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