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Thursday, March 14, 2013

New York Post: “Numbnuts! Mets’ Valdespin nailed by Verlander — then ripped by Collins for not wearing cup”

Jordany Valdespin could use a cup to runneth over.

The Mets utilityman exited [Monday’s] exhibition game against the Tigers after he was hit in the genitals with a Justin Verlander 94-mph fastball, and left club officials shaking their heads by revealing he wasn’t wearing a protective cup.

“You would think if you are starting at second base, you would be smart enough to wear a cup,” manager Terry Collins fumed to The Post after the Mets’ 11-0 victory at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Valdespin, who homered leading off the game facing Verlander, was attempting a bunt in the fifth inning against the stud fireballer when he was struck, crumpling him to the ground in agony.

Asked where the pitch hit him, Valdespin replied, “in the d—k,” adding that everything is “fine” and he doesn’t expect to miss action. [...]

Verlander, a former MVP and Cy Young Award winner, said it was the first time he had drilled a batter in that spot.

“He took a hack at the first pitch and the next one — he already hit one bomb — and the next one he totally squared [toward] me,” Verlander said. “And I’m like, ‘Oh God, this isn’t going to be good.’ Right out of the hand it’s like, ‘Oh, [bleep]! That is right at his [genitals].’?”

[Emphasis added]

bobm Posted: March 14, 2013 at 01:33 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 14, 2013 at 04:23 AM (#4388102)
Baseball is a game of fathers playing catch with their, well, I guess it'll be adopted sons.
   2. Zach Posted: March 14, 2013 at 06:23 AM (#4388114)
Obligatory Nutty Buddy link.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: March 14, 2013 at 08:13 AM (#4388131)
Valdespin this spring has no walks, doubles, or triples. He's only gotten on base through singles, home runs, and getting hit "in the d--k." Three true ouchcomes.
   4. depletion Posted: March 14, 2013 at 08:18 AM (#4388132)
Jordany missed an opportunity there:
"The ball had to be humanely destroyed"
"I didn't really notice anything so I asked the ump and he said, yeah it hit me."
"Usually those go into the outfield."
   5. bunyon Posted: March 14, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4388157)
I played with guys and have heard guys here say that they never wore a cup. I could never understand that. I took two fairly sharply hit balls off the nuts in my not terribly long career. I realize I'm not a major leaguer, but I wasn't a bad fielder. It just seems ridiculous to not wear one.

They aren't that uncomfortable if you get used to it.
   6. john_halfz Posted: March 14, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4388173)
They aren't that uncomfortable if you get used to it.


Never wore one in right field. Briefly considered one after fouling a ball off the plate during a game. Coach moved me to 3B for a game when the regular 3B was sick. I hadn't anticipated the move. Taking infield practice the day before the game, I guess my movements betrayed my skittishness. Coach asked if I was wearing a cup. I said no. He pulled the rest of the infielders off the field and proceeded to spend 10 minutes hitting balls at me as hard as he could.

I guess I learned a lesson. But mostly I just wondered if he'd feel any regret if I'd hurt myself.

EDIT: I didn't wear a cup to the game, now that I think about it. So I guess I didn't learn a lesson.
   7. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 14, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4388175)
I could never get used to wearing one, so I didn't. Never been hit in the bools.
   8. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4388190)
Will he be awarded $1.2 million, though?
   9. RJ in TO Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4388197)
   10. Dale Sams Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM (#4388198)
Never wore one in soccer. As a goalie, I like to think it gave me incentive to be faster.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:34 AM (#4388206)
Asked where the pitch hit him, Valdespin replied, “in the d—k,”


Why would you carry a duck onto the field?

I was a catcher, so you'd better believe I always wore a cup.
   12. Shredder Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4388215)
I've played street and roller hockey for 20 years and never worn one. I get the sense that the first time I do, I'll take numerous sticks and pucks to the groin. I got hit once in a street game, and it knocked me out most of the third period, but I had enough energy from the rest to play the entire overtime. I found that once I started running around, it felt a lot better.
EDIT: I didn't wear a cup to the game, now that I think about it. So I guess I didn't learn a lesson.
The lesson is tell your coach yes, you are wearing a cup.
   13. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM (#4388226)
Jokes aside, I am intrigued by Valdespin. I think he could hit 15-20 homers in a full season. He's got a nice swing.
   14. john_halfz Posted: March 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4388257)
[13] There's something a little off about him. I saw him in Buffalo last year and he was twice caught stealing by a wide margin. The second time, he took it upon himself to have a weird temper tantrum. Couldn't believe he wasn't tossed. Second, couldn't believe he thought he was safe.

That's just one game, I guess.
   15. just plain joe Posted: March 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4388260)
I was a catcher, so you'd better believe I always wore a cup.


I caught in high school and always wore a cup as well. A couple of times foul balls went down and off the plate and back into my groin. Even with the cup it still hurt; I can't imagine taking a foul tip (or whatever) without a cup, I would think the pain would be unbearable.
   16. Kurt Posted: March 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4388269)
I wore a cup when I played little league, but I got nailed once during gym class - some a-hole slid into me at third. Not that big a deal - it was a bit bruised and sore, but not anything unendurable.
   17. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM (#4388270)
Jokes aside, I am intrigued by Valdespin. I think he could hit 15-20 homers in a full season. He's got a nice swing.


Given that he just hit 8 HRs in 206 PAs in his 2012 rookie season, you're projecting decline?

Unfortunately he has Francouer's disease. No walks in 29 PAs this spring, .286 OBP last season.
   18. Bob Tufts Posted: March 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4388305)
Mark Belanger played his entire career without wearing a cup.
   19. Sunday silence Posted: March 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4388306)
I played with guys and have heard guys here say that they never wore a cup. I could never understand that. I took two fairly sharply hit balls off the nuts in my not terribly long career. I realize I'm not a major leaguer, but I wasn't a bad fielder. It just seems ridiculous to not wear one.



A lot of guys in high school would say they were uncomfortable to wear (non catchers of course). About a year ago on AM 980 here in Washington DC, John Riggins was on there and he said he never wore a cup playing football, which sounded quite odd. I thought all those guys wore cups. But no, and he said he was never hurt in the balls in all his years.

McCarver said he took a fastball dead on, and it BROKE the cup in two! And the pain was incredible. I remember him telling that story years ago
   20. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4388311)
Obligatory Nutty Buddy link.
I don't care what anyone says, this is the greatest country in the world.

I never wore a cup, but then, I was an outfielder. Not much of one, but even as a shitty outfielder it's hard to get hit in the dick.
   21. CrosbyBird Posted: March 14, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4388335)
I wear a cup just for walking around. You never know what's out there.
   22. Swedish Chef Posted: March 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4388338)
Now he knows how I felt when Google Reader was shut down.
   23. Copronymus Posted: March 14, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4388343)
John Riggins was on there and he said he never wore a cup playing football, which sounded quite odd. I thought all those guys wore cups.


Most don't. It sounds crazy to me, too, but athletes in general hate most safety equipment and wear as little of it as they can get away with.
   24. bunyon Posted: March 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4388395)
Mark Belanger played his entire career without wearing a cup

But he hit like a girl, so youneverknow.
   25. madvillain Posted: March 14, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4388412)
At K College DIII I'd say probably half our team wore cups. None of the outfielders did, including me. I'd say you're crazy to be in the infield and not wear one but the chances if you're in the outfield are pretty damn low. And there is certainly a comfort issue involved. Nobody feels "as free" with a cup.
   26. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4388421)
I wear a cup just for walking around. You never know what's out there.


A good friend of mine had a grandfather who wore a hard hat with a winter liner in it, year round, all day long. He was a dairy farmer.
   27. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 14, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4388432)
Now he knows how I felt when Google Reader was shut down.


What are some good alternatives to Google Reader? I'm not tech savvy, but I do use Google Reader. I have no idea what the replacement options are.
   28. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: March 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4388441)
Nobody feels "as free" with a cup.

I'll feel free later, thanks.
   29. Swedish Chef Posted: March 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4388442)
What are some good alternatives to Google Reader? I'm not tech savvy, but I do use Google Reader. I have no idea what the replacement options are.

Today is a bad day to evaluate that as every site that has been mentioned in tech media as an alternative has been hit hard by Reader refugees. All I have tried are slow and flaky right now, I'll give them a chance to get some more servers online before I find one to migrate to.
   30. sinicalypse Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4388921)
Adrian Beltre agrees with the prevalent opinion that one should always wear a cup in the field.
   31. Dan Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4388938)
Adrian Beltre agrees with the prevalent opinion that one should always wear a cup in the field.


I'm pretty sure that Beltre still refuses to wear a cup, even after his injury.

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