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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Yahoo!: A’s McCarthy hit by line drive in head vs. Angels

Brandon McCarthy left in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday after a hard line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar hit Oakland’s opening-day starter in the head.
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The ball bounced off the right side of McCarthy’s head, knocking the A’s pitcher down. He also landed on his head on the infield grass.
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McCarthy curled up in a ball and was writhing in pain. Team trainers checked on McCarthy for several minutes as A’s players huddled around the infield and on the top step of the dugout.
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McCarthy eventually sat up and ran his hands through his hair and around his head. He walked off the mound under his own power to an ovation from the Oakland Coliseum crowd.

MLB.com: McCarthy resting, ‘alert’ after surgery on head

NTNgod Posted: September 05, 2012 at 06:19 PM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: September 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4227640)
Any possible on-field fatality is alarming, but if you've seen Mrs. McCarthy it would be particularly tragic for Brandon. I'd pitch in a helmet from now on if I were him. Stay alive, man!
   2. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: September 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4227674)
I hope McCarthy is okay. That was a scary moment. It was tough to watch the slow motion replay.

On a lighter note, I agree with ELTR. Mrs. McCarthy is an absolute fox.
   3. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: September 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4227696)
You guys weren't kidding about his wife. Whoa.

Actually, the shot to the head wasn't as bad as others. The slow motion was scary, but he sat up right away - which has to be a good sign.

Hope he's OK. I like him a lot.

   4. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM (#4227703)
Yikes. Looks like he is okay though. And this doesn't top Brad Ziegler getting speared with the bat shard.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: September 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4227705)
I think people often overrate the hotness of player's wives, but McCarthy is really hot.
   6. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: September 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4227720)
Cosigned. She's a super-babe.

AND she's funny. Her Twitter feed is almost as entertaining as his.
   7. Transmission Posted: September 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4227741)
How long until MLB allows, or mandates, or at least debates having pitchers wear protective headgear? I'm thinking something like what olympic boxers wear. I watch baseball games wondering if this will be the time I watch somebody get killed. Base-coaches have been ordered to wear helmets, seems odd pitchers haven't been.

Also, oh my: http://www.fantasybaseballdugout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/amanda-mccarthy.jpg
   8. AndrewJ Posted: September 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4227744)
She is hot.
   9. Lassus Posted: September 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4227756)
I watch baseball games wondering if this will be the time I watch somebody get killed. Base-coaches have been ordered to wear helmets, seems odd pitchers haven't been.

The base-coach thing was knee-jerk. The helmets they wear would have had no effect at all on the guy who got killed, who got hit in the neck.
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 05, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4227847)
Just wait until he regains his faculties and finds out that is his wife.
   11. Traderdave Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4227865)
When McCarthy stood up and walked off the field under his own power, many (if not all) of the Angels stood up and applauded. A's announcers mentioned Haren in particular.

Very classy, Angels. Thamk you.


I immensely enjoy how tight the rivalry is between these teams - so many low scoring games, closely matched series, etc --- yet it remains both low key and very sportsmanlike.

PS Good Gawd, she is hot
   12. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM (#4227869)
Mike Mussina was the worst one of these I've ever seen. I thought his eye had been knocked out.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM (#4227931)
Amanda's a fantastic tweeter. I saw the replay, I knew what was going to happen, and I was still horrified. Our Brandons are dropping like flies, but they're a plucky lot.
   14. McCoy Posted: September 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM (#4227939)
She's like normal person hot.


Give basically 99% of young reasonably women a makeup team, professional photographer, an editor, a good lighting team, and a fashion team and you'll get a hot photo virtually 100% of the time.
   15. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:31 AM (#4227946)
Give basically 99% of young reasonably women a makeup team, professional photographer, an editor, a good lighting team, and a fashion team and you'll get a hot photo virtually 100% of the time.

I don't know about that. Granted the professionals do a great job but their not miracle workers. Most women (American woman at least), even those that fall into the 'young reasonably' category, are carrying around 15-20 extra pounds that aren't doing them any good. You would need to throw in three months with a professional trainer to get anything that looks like the picture in #7.
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM (#4227949)
So, no need to console the widow McCarthy?
   17. McCoy Posted: September 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM (#4227950)
Most women (American woman at least), even those that fall into the 'young reasonably' category, are carrying around 15-20 extra pounds that aren't doing them any good.

More like most fashion models and celebrities are abnormal by 15 to 20 pounds.
   18. Hack Wilson Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:41 AM (#4228003)
I still remember, wish I could forget, Herb Score being struck in the face by a line drive from Gil McDougald, breaking numerous bones in his face. Herb Score was never the same and I read articles that neither was McDougald.
   19. Greg K Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:59 AM (#4228010)
Likely similar to a lot of people I just googled McCarthy's wife and got this interesting shot.
   20. Danny Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4228106)
He looked really dazed as he rubbed his head/hair. I hope he recovers fully, even if it's not this year.
I immensely enjoy how tight the rivalry is between these teams - so many low scoring games, closely matched series, etc --- yet it remains both low key and very sportsmanlike.

Well, maybe since this happened.
   21. AROM Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4228184)
When McCarthy stood up and walked off the field under his own power, many (if not all) of the Angels stood up and applauded. A's announcers mentioned Haren in particular.

Very classy, Angels. Thamk you.


I immensely enjoy how tight the rivalry is between these teams - so many low scoring games, closely matched series, etc --- yet it remains both low key and very sportsmanlike.


I think in a situation like this, even the most bitter rivals would react much the same way. Nobody wants to see another player hurt like that. I hope McCarthy doesn't have any lasting effects.
   22. BDC Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4228254)
I don't like that he walked off the field – should have been immobilized and carried off. Ray Chapman walked off the field after being hit, too. Heck, I've known people who've bounced up after a blow to the head and died later that day.

Anyway, that's your BDC Medical Advice of the Day. Yes, I have a doctorate, in American Literature. And I hope McCarthy is fine and recovers without aftereffects. He's a good player who has made the most of his talent, and he's cute enough for that absolutely smoking wife of his, thanks for the heads-up on her, everybody.
   23. PreservedFish Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4228265)
Heck, I've known people who've bounced up after a blow to the head and died later that day.


People? Like, more than one?
   24. Greg K Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4228270)
People? Like, more than one?

No, it was the same guy, but separate incidents.
   25. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4228272)
Does he have a lot of facial scarring and neck bolts?
   26. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4228319)
I don't like that he walked off the field – should have been immobilized and carried off. Ray Chapman walked off the field after being hit, too. Heck, I've known people who've bounced up after a blow to the head and died later that day.

"Chapman staggered to his feet, instinctively took two steps toward first and then, shaking like an aspen, dropped in a heap, his left eye hanging out of its socket." (source)
   27. phredbird Posted: September 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4228346)
"Chapman staggered to his feet, instinctively took two steps toward first and then, shaking like an aspen, dropped in a heap, his left eye hanging out of its socket." (source)


huh, i read sowell's 'the pitch that killed' and don't remember anything about his eye. either i blocked it out or he didn't mention it.
   28. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4228360)
huh, i read sowell's 'the pitch that killed' and don't remember anything about his eye. either i blocked it out or he didn't mention it.

Weird: I haven't read Sowell's book, but I knew I remembered that (horrifying) detail from somewhere.
I wonder if that's one of those little touches that showed up later, but wasn't mentioned in contemporary accounts (because it didn't happen).
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4228364)
Brandon's also an incredibly thoughtful and funny guy on Twitter. If you follow one baseball player, it should probably be him.
   30. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4228374)
I think in a situation like this, even the most bitter rivals would react much the same way. Nobody wants to see another player hurt like that.


I remember the 2001 Yankees being similarly gracious when Bryce Florie got hit in the face at Fenway.

And I too have heard the eye socket thing about Chapman previously.
   31. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4228380)
"Chapman staggered to his feet, instinctively took two steps toward first and then, shaking like an aspen, dropped in a heap, his left eye hanging out of its socket."


I hope no Reds fans inadvertantly wandered into the middle of this thread.
   32. Poster Nutbag Posted: September 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4228746)
Update via Rotoworld:

Brandon McCarthy underwent surgery after being hit in the head by a line drive on Wednesday.

The surgery was deemed necessary after a CT scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy had another scan Thursday which showed improvement from his previous scan while the epidural hemorrhage has subsided. Per a statement from A's general manager Billy Beane, McCarthy is "stable, awake and alert," and currently resting in the critical care unit of the hospital.

Source: Oakland Athletics on Twitter Sep 6 - 7:04 PM
   33. AndrewJ Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4228792)
Twenty years ago my dad was teaching middle school when a bad boy student threw a hackysack at the base of his skull. My dad picked it up, sent the kid to the principal's ... and 30 minutes later fell over unconscious on his desk. He spent the night at the hospital for observation. The school district was aching to press charges against the kid (who apparently felt guilty as hell) but my dad refused.

Now consider that Junior Seau allegedly suffered 1,200 concussions.
   34. Depressoteric Posted: September 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM (#4228812)
Brandon McCarthy underwent surgery after being hit in the head by a line drive on Wednesday.

The surgery was deemed necessary after a CT scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy had another scan Thursday which showed improvement from his previous scan while the epidural hemorrhage has subsided. Per a statement from A's general manager Billy Beane, McCarthy is "stable, awake and alert," and currently resting in the critical care unit of the hospital.
Dear god, this is just terrible. Just ####### awful. Prayers for him. Not even for his career, really, but for his health. Head injuries are so goddamned scary.
   35. Dale Sams Posted: September 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4228845)
ffs, I only just found out he had to have surgery.
   36. Lassus Posted: September 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4228870)
Twenty years ago my dad was teaching middle school when a bad boy student threw a hackysack at the base of his skull. My dad picked it up, sent the kid to the principal's ... and 30 minutes later fell over unconscious on his desk. He spent the night at the hospital for observation. The school district was aching to press charges against the kid (who apparently felt guilty as hell) but my dad refused.

A hacky sack? Are you sure? Those things weight less than 2 ounces.
   37. NTNgod Posted: September 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4228928)
MLB.com: McCarthy resting, 'alert' after surgery on head
The A's said in a release on Thursday that McCarthy had undergone surgery to alleviate pressure in his head Wednesday night after a CT Scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.

The release said that McCarthy is alert, awake and resting comfortably, and adds that he has shown signs of improvement.

"Our first concern is Brandon's health, and we are heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery," A's vice president and general manager Billy Beane said in a statement. "We are glad to report he is stable, awake and alert. The team will provide further updates as they become available in the coming days. We would ask members of the media to respect the privacy of Brandon and his family during this time.

   38. AndrewJ Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:02 AM (#4229045)
A hacky sack? Are you sure? Those things weight less than 2 ounces.

Well, it was thrown relatively hard at a vulnerable point on the head.
   39. DKDC Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:29 AM (#4229059)
Yikes. It's amazing the damage a ball can do if it hits you in the wrong spot.

I hope he's ok. I'm sure he's in great hands.
   40. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:00 AM (#4229073)
Internal bleeding in the cranium does not sound good. I hope he's okay.

I can see a hacky sack doing some damage. It's like a miniature sandbag.
   41. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4229078)
Knock on wood, but in all my years of playing sports, driving dirt bikes and 4-wheelers, and doing woodworking and carpentry, I've never suffered a blow to the head or even a black eye. Concussions are certainly no walk in the park, let alone brain hemorrhages.
   42. bunyon Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:24 AM (#4229095)
The worst I ever saw was in person. If you've ever seen someone hit in the head by a line drive you know the worst is the sound. I thought the guy was dead. This being before all the concern over concussions we carried him back to the dugout - he was coming around by time we got there - and he spent the next 6 hours or so (it was the third inning of the first of two) leaned against a wall down at the end of the dugout. His family didn't have health insurance and his dad wouldn't let them take him to the hospital. He wound up being fine and I didn't think much of it at the time. Looking back on it...

And Bob is right, don't move the guy.

Best wishes to Brandon.

EDIT: Okay, just watched the video and it is remarkably like the one in my story. Except my guy was out cold, and for awhile. But same sort of location and turn in the pitcher and hit in the same side of the head. Scary.

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