40 Most Embarrassing Injuries in Baseball History
Injuries are a part of the game, and while sprained ankles, torn ligaments and broken bones dot disabled lists around baseball, the stories behind how most of those players landed on the disabled list are pretty tame.
But for a select few, the story of how they got injured is so ridiculous, so over-the-top, that they need to be told again—because we couldn't believe it the first time around—and chances are, neither could the players involved.
These are the moments where you want to shut the lights off in your house, lock the doors, ignore the phone and just disappear until things blow over.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, we bring you the 40 most embarrassing injuries in baseball history.
Clint Barmes' Groceries Get Their Revenge...Sort of
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Back in 2005, current Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes was a 26-year-old rookie getting his first chance at playing on a regular basis in the big leagues for the Colorado Rockies.
Through the first two months of the season, it looked as if Barmes was the frontrunner for the NL Rookie of the Year Award with a .329/.371/.516 batting line, eight home runs and 34 RBI. And then he went food shopping.
Barmes told the Rockies that he grew impatient waiting for the elevator in his apartment building and decided to walk the stairs, carrying a bag of groceries in one arm and a sweatshirt in the other.
He slipped on the steps, dropped the sweatshirt and landed on his shoulder. Speaking to reporters, Barmes said (per ESPN): "I figured, I'm an athlete, I can walk up the stairs, it's not that big a deal. Obviously, if I had to go back, I would have waited, or at least been a bit more careful going up."
The following day, Barmes came clean—it wasn't groceries that he was lugging up the stairs, but a package of deer meat that he had gotten from teammate Todd Helton when he crashed to the ground and broke his left collarbone.
"I just didn't think it was right to bring Todd Helton into something like this," Barmes told reporters after the truth was told. (per ESPN)
Barmes would miss nearly three months of the season, and he'd finish eighth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with the award going to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard.
Sammy Sosa's Powerful Sneeze
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Baseball players go through all sorts of violent motions, whether it be swinging a bat to throwing a pitch. Crashing into a wall, diving for a ball, being hit by a pitch or taking a line drive off a body part can all result in injuries, some of which result in a stint on the disabled list.
That's exactly what happened to Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa in 2004, who wound up on the shelf with back spasms and a strained lower back ligament after two violent sneezes. Jim Hendry, Cubs' GM at the time, explained the situation to reporters (per ESPN): "He's going to receive an epidural tonight to calm down some of the inflammation and lower back pain. It's pretty certain he'll be missing a couple of weeks. So it looks like it's a (disabled list) situation."
John Vander Wal Can't Stand the Snow
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Shortly after signing as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds in the winter of 2004, 38-year-old outfielder John Vander Wal was at home during a snowstorm. As the snow subsided, Vander Wal did what we all do—head outside with our shovel and start to clean up.
Unfortunately for him, his feet weren't ready for the slick surface, and he slipped—tearing cartilage in his knee. He would ultimately be released and re-signed by the Reds (at a lower salary) and would appear in only 42 games, posting a .118/.182/.275 batting line with two home runs and four RBI.
Whatever You Do Marty, Don't Fall Asleep
In 2002, Orioles' outfielder Marty Cordova was "injured" when he fell asleep in a tanning booth before a game and burnt his face.
Take a listen to Jim Rome's nearly five-and-a-half minute rant on the topic—it's Rome at his finest.
Glenallen Hill Is Spiderman
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Glenallen Hill was an imposing figure, 6'3" and 210 pounds of pure muscle—which according to the Mitchell Report and Jason Grimsley's affidavit wasn't all natural—so it makes this injury even more bizarre.
In 1990 as a member of the Blue Jays, Hill had a nightmare in which he was trying to escape from spiders—an escape that saw him fall down the stairs, bounce off of a wall and fall through a glass table, resulting in multiple cuts and bruises and an eventual stay on the 15-day disabled list
''I have a phobia about spiders. 'In the nightmare, I was trying to get away from spiders. When I woke up I was on a couch and my wife, Mika, was screaming, 'Honey, wake up!' ''
Realizing that reporters weren't convinced of his explanation, Hill offered to bring them to his house where they could see the blood stains for themselves.
Don't Slap David Wells
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Did you hear the one about the guy who tries to kick something and winds up needing elbow surgery?
Meet David Wells, making the first of multiple appearances on our list.
Standing in his kitchen, one of his friends slapped him on the back of the neck. Naturally, Wells decided that telling his friend to stop wasn't enough—so he attempted to kick a wrought-iron barstool, weighing between 30-and-40 pounds at his pal—while wearing flip-flops.
Wells explained the chain of events to reporters (Per ESPN):
We do that on the team. I was at my counter, and I just turned around and said, 'Knock it off,' took two steps and the bar stool was right there and I kicked it. Trust me, it didn't feel too good. When I kicked it, I tripped. I was wearing flip-flops. I lost my balance and went right over. I did a header over the bar stool.
I fell right on top of it (a bottle of wine he knocked to the floor). I cut the right arm with the bottle. I had a glass in my right hand. I don't know why I didn't throw it. I landed on it, and cut my left hand a little bit. The left hand is fine. The right is the worst of the cuts.
Not only did Wells wind up bruised, cut and battered, but he landed on the disabled list after undergoing wrist surgery to repair a tendon he cut in the fracas—the same tendon doctors remove when performing Tommy John surgery.
Said Wells: "If you cut any tendon, that's the one to cut, I got lucky there. They just repaired it. They didn't take it out."
Jeff Kent "Washes His Truck"
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Making $6 million a season simply doesn't leave one with any disposable income—and thus why 2000 NL MVP Jeff Kent was washing his truck at a car wash instead of paying the $9 it would have cost to have the truck washed for him during spring training.
So the story goes that Kent climbed up atop the cab of his truck to wash the roof when he slipped and fell, crashing to ground. He attempted to brace himself with his left hand, jamming his thumb and resulting in a broken wrist.
With other people at the car wash to witness it, how could that not be the case, right?
Soon enough, witnesses came forward to report that Kent was seen riding up and down highways earlier that day, attempting to pop wheelies and other stunts on his motorcycle—unsuccessfully. Kent wiped out multiple times, breaking his wrist and even involving a Giants' staffer to arrange for his damaged bike to be picked up.
Just an embarrassment all the way around, from the lie to the truth.
Wade's Boots Were Made for Walkin'
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How many times have you walked in the door, kicked off one of your shoes and then used the freed foot to remove the other shoe?
Countless times no doubt—we've all done it, and it works well with most footwear.
But cowboy boots?
Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs gave it a shot at the team hotel in Toronto during a road trip in 1986. After getting the first boot off with relative ease, Boggs started to use his foot to remove the other boot.
But he lost his balance, falling into the arm of a couch—ribs first. Finding it hard to breathe and in excruciating pain every time he moved with badly bruised ribs, Boggs sucked it up and would pinch hit in the next game and play nine innings in each of the next four before having to shut it down for a week.
Boggs still won the AL Batting Crown, narrowly beating out the Yankees' Don Mattingly .356 to .352, but you have to wonder whether his sore ribs robbed him of a potential .400 season.
Matt Lindstrom Won't Rent Again
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Calling 1-800-Mattres (remember, leave off the last "s" for savings) would have been a better idea than what Astros' reliever Matt Lindstrom did in 2010—rent a bed. While the very concept may sound absurd, Lindstrom explains the situation to the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong:
"I had a day and a half from the time we broke spring training to get into a place. I didn't know the Houston area. I was going to a new team and I didn't really know anyone on the club as well."
Rental bed or not, Lindstrom put together an All-Star caliber first half for the Astros, posting a 2.80 ERA while converting 21-of-25 save opportunities.
Then his back began to bother him. It wasn't long before the spasms kicked in, leading to a disastrous second half where he'd convert only two save chances while throwing to a 7.50 ERA—and spend time on the disabled list while becoming frustrated, as he told Armstrong:
When you've got a feel throughout the season and then you lose it and go try to find it again, it's tough. Especially coming back from a back injury. Looking back, I know what I can do, especially when I'm not trying to fight through something. It's a long season. It's a grind, and you've got to take the necessary steps and not be so stubborn at times.
What's the moral of the story?
"You've got to take care of yourself and not rent crappy furniture and stuff," said Lindstrom.
Roger Craig Cuts His Hand...
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...on a bra strap.
That's it. It was during his tenure as Giants' manager and confirmed by ESPN's Page 2, but that's about all the information we ever got on the story.
On second thought, maybe it's not an embarrassing injury after all—but it's certainly one of the more bizarre ones that we'll ever hear about.
Mat Latos Learns Not to Fight It
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Take it from Mat Latos—when you feel a sneeze coming on, don't try and fight it.
He did just that during his rookie campaign with the Padres in 2010, an event that landed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left side. I held my sneeze walking down the [dugout] steps and felt a little pull," Latos told MLB.com's Corey Brock.
Whether the sneeze-related injury lingered for the rest of the season nobody knows, but Latos was not the same pitcher after the injury. In his 14 starts after returning to action, he went 5-9 with a 3.58 ERA. Before that? 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA over 17 starts.
Meet Carlos Zambrano, Internet Junkie
After being forced to leave a start against the Washington Nationals in May of 2005 because of a sore elbow, the Cubs feared the worst when Zambrano went to get his aching right elbow examined.
His soreness was the result of a non-pitching activity. Now before you get your head firmly planted in the gutter, Big Z had an explanation: he had been emailing back and forth with his brother in Venezuela for about four hours every day.
"I have to spend one hour and take it easy" Zambrano told reporters. (Per ESPN)
Perhaps his time online would have been better spent researching some relaxation techniques—like "serenity now."
Mickey Tettleton Learns Something About Shoelaces.
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Some people will say that this is more urban myth than fact, but I've yet to see it disputed by someone with first-hand knowledge—and multiple ESPN writers have made mention of it, including Jim Caple—and that's enough for me to include it here.
Details surrounding the injury, such as where and when it actually took place are unknown, but it was while Mickey Tettleton was catching for the Tigers—so it was somewhere between 1991 and 1994.
The story goes that Tettleton awoke one morning with a severe case of athlete's foot, the result of tying his shoes too tight. He would wind up on the 15-day disabled list while he waited for the "tough actin' Tenactin" to get things under control.
Lunch Is the Most Dangerous Meal of the Day
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In Toronto for some interleague action against the Blue Jays in July of 1999, Braves' left fielder Ryan Klesko joined some of his teammates for lunch downtown before the second game of the series.
No doubt this is a scene that is replicated thousands of times a season in every city that Major League Baseball is played—and it's a pretty uneventful event. People, even professional athletes, eat lunch.
But this lunch was anything but normal, as Klesko told the Savannah Morning News: "I turned and it just grabbed. It felt like somebody stuck a knife in my back. It hurt to breathe." Blue Jays' team doctor Allan Gross diagnosed Klesko with a strained back, an injury that kept him out of the final two games of the series in Toronto.
The question still remains—what was for lunch?
Don't Mess with David Wells' Car
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In San Diego to attend his mother's funeral, David Wells found himself the subject of a police investigation into a street fight in January of 1997—less than a month after signing as a free agent with the Yankees.
Wells left his Lincoln Town Car running outside of a bar when two men walked past the car and took the keys out of the ignition and under his seat. Wells saw the two by his car and accused them of stealing his keys, resulting in a shoving match between Wells, his friend and the two men.
Punches were thrown, and Wells landed a clean left to one man, who slammed the back of his head into the ground and began to bleed. Wells was eventually cleared by the police, but suffered a fractured left hand.
To his credit, Wells was ready to go when the season began.
Next Time, Let Rich Harden Sleep In
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It wouldn't be a list about injuries without an appearance by Rich Harden, sitting out the 2012 season as he recovers from shoulder surgery that he hopes will put an end to his constant stays on the disabled list.
Back in 2004 as spring training for the A's got underway, Harden's alarm clock went off. As he reached over to turn it off, he sprained his shoulder. Think about that for a second.
He sprained his shoulder turning off an alarm clock.
Ironically, it was one of the few injuries in his history that didn't result in him missing significant time in the regular season. 2004 is the last time that he threw more than 150 innings in a season, finishing the year with a career high 189.2 innings pitched.
Kevin Mitchell Meets the Forbidden Donut
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Remember Homer Simpson's battle with the forbidden donut?
Homer was luckier than Kevin Mitchell.
In 1990, as a member of the Giants, Mitchell, in his infinite wisdom, decided to microwave a donut—which on the surface doesn't sound like an awful idea.
Except for the fact that he didn't take the scorching hot icing into account.
Not only did he burn his tongue and the roof of his mouth, but the molten frosting made it's way through the cracks in his fillings—resulting in Mitchell needing to get at least one root canal.
Chris Coghlan Isn't Celebrating Now
After the Marlins' Wes Helms hit the game winning single against the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the 10th inning in a game between the division rivals on July 25, 2010, Chris Coghlan was understandably fired up.
Coghlan, with shaving cream pie in hand, chased Helms down, jumping over his back to smash the pie in his face. Unfortunately for Coghlan, he landed funny—tearing the meniscus in his left knee, an injury that required surgery and not only ended his season, but seemingly derailed his career.
While Marlins' skipper Edwin Rodriguez promptly banned the pie-in-face celebrations, it did nothing to help Coghlan, who since suffering the injury has struggled mightily to find a spot on the team or be a productive major league player, posting a .207/.274/.320 batting line since.
Vince! Turn Around!
It very easily could have been Terry Pendelton who suffered the injury instead—he was standing with Vince Coleman at the time of the assault—but it was the rookie speedster who found himself on the receiving end of a sucker punch before Game 4 of the 1985 NLCS.
A sucker punch by the tarp.
Operated by machine, the tarp began to deploy while Coleman and Pendelton stood on the field chatting. Neither man saw it coming, and by the time they knew what was happening, Coleman was on the ground and the tarp had rolled up the back of his leg, ending his season prematurely.
For a guy who stole 110 bases during the regular season, being caught from behind by a tarp rolling out at about one mile-per-hour is about as embarrassing as it gets.
Oddibe McDowell Won't Be Buttering His Bread Again
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After starting out the 1987 season losing 10 of their first 11 games, the Texas Rangers were happy to get back home for a homestand that would hopefully change their luck.
Ownership arranged for a "Welcome Home" luncheon before the first game back in Texas, at which center fielder Oddibe McDowell wound up slicing his middle finger while trying to cut butter—a wound that required eight stitches to close.
It would be the first of multiple injuries that derailed his career, never allowing him to reach even the most modest of expectations put on him as one of the most hyped prospects to ever come out of Arizona State University.
Steve Trout Won't Be Riding in the Tour De France
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I'm supposed to be able to separate the fan from the writer, but I'm going to make an exception in Steve Trout's case.
Known in Chicago for being an integral part of the Cubs' rotation in the mid-80s, Trout is remembered in New York as the subject of a George Steinbrenner quote at the height of the Boss's insanity.
After trading three players, including Bob Tewksbury to bring him to New York, Steinbrenner walked into manager Lou Piniella's office. "Lou, I just won you the pennant—I got you Steve Trout." Trout would never win a game for the Yankees.
I tell that story to get to this one—a story that Trout disputes, but that could simply be because it's incredibly embarrassing to admit to.
In 1985, Trout inexplicably wound up on the disabled list for the Cubs—after falling off of a stationary exercise bike. Trout says that the injury occurred when he slipped on gravel while biking with his family.
The writer in me thinks I should have left this one off of the list. The Yankees fan in me says "Ha!"
Jeremy Affeldt Wont Be Freezing Food Anymore
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Last September, Giants' southpaw Jeremy Affeldt was in his kitchen preparing dinner when he reached into the freezer and grabbed a stack of frozen hamburger patties. He explains what happened next to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:
I should have used hot water. If I had used a butter knife, nothing would have happened. The burger was coming loose, and to wiggle it loose, I used the knife and it pushed through the burger and right through my hand. It was not a slice, it's an actual stab.
Affeldt wound up coming within a millimeter of an artery, and he required surgery eight hours later to repair the nerves he damaged in his non-pitching hand—surgery that ended his season.
Milton Bradley Gets Taught a Valuable Lesson
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Milton Bradley certainly found himself in a number of heated confrontations throughout his career, but none was quite as bizarre as what transpired during a September 2007 game between the Rockies and Bradley's Padres.
After reaching on a two-out single, Bradley and first base umpire Mike Winters exchanged words. As Padres' third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was at the plate, Bradley and Winters continued jawing at one another, eventually leading to a full-blown confrontation.
Padres' manager Bud Black ran onto the field from the dugout as first base coach Bobby Meacham tried to restrain Bradley. Winters tossed Bradley from the game, enraging the mercurial outfielder who then attempted to go through his coach to get his hands on the umpire.
Black tried to get Bradley under control; grabbing his jersey and eventually tossing his player to the ground in an attempt to keep him out of further trouble. Upon hitting the ground, Bradley grabbed his right knee and began writhing in pain—he had just torn his ACL and would be lost for the rest of the season.
Joel Zumaya Is No Guitar Hero
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Joel Zumaya certainly looks the part of a rock star and he fancied himself as one also, playing Guitar Hero on Playstation 2 religiously.
Until the Tigers told him to stop, that is.
A flame-throwing rookie in 2006, Zumaya missed three games of the ALCS due to inflammation in his right forearm and wrist—symptoms more commonly associated with guitar playing than throwing a baseball.
After the Tigers' medical staff put two-and-two together, they asked Zumaya to stop playing the game—and the symptoms disappeared, enabling him to return to action in the World Series, which the Tigers lost to the Cardinals.
Unfortunately for Zumaya, this would be the most innocuous injury that he'd suffer in his career. He's undergone surgeries on virtually every part of his arm and has not appeared in a major league game since 2010.
He tried coming back with the Twins in 2012 only to tear his UCL in February, an injury that adds Zumaya's name to the list of pitchers that have undergone Tommy John surgery.
All Terry Mulholland Wants Is a Good Night's Sleep
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Terry Mulholland pitched for 11 different teams over his 20-year career, including two as a member of the Minnesota Twins.
While in the team hotel on a road trip, Mulholland rolled over in bed—and proceeded to scratch his eye on a feather that was sticking out from the pillow.
It's safe to assume that there isn't a pillow in the Mulholland household that is stuffed with feathers today.
Rickey Says That Rickey Needs His Sleep
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Shortly after being dealt to the Blue Jays at the 1993 trade deadline, Rickey was in the clubhouse icing his foot, which was sore—no doubt largely in part to the fact that nobody in the history of the game had a more lethal pair of feet on the basepaths than Rickey—and he fell asleep.
Upon waking up, Rickey found himself with a case of frostbite—in the middle of August.
Just another episode in the 25-year-career of Rickey being Rickey.
Clarence Blethen Bites
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You likely read the title of this slide and said "Who?"
Clarence "Climax" Blethen won 257 games over a career that spanned 19 seasons—in the minor leagues. We're talking about the minor leagues when there was no such thing as Single-A, Double-A or Triple-A—each level was a singular letter, A through D.
Blethen wore dentures, and he'd take them out and put them in his back pocket when he was on the mound. Apparently he believed that batters would be intimidated by the impression of teeth coming out of his backside, which is just bizarre on many levels.
His problem, on one particular day, was that he forgot to put his dentures back in before stepping up to the plate himself. As he slid into second base, the dentures clamped down—on his tuchas.
We've heard of people shooting themselves in the foot, but biting yourself in the butt?
Junior Gets Pinched
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Ken Griffey Jr. has always been about family.
He got to play in the same outfield as his father in Seattle, and he asked to be traded to the Cincinnati Reds so that he could be closer to his family.
While with the Mariners, however, a close family member—even closer to Junior than his own father—was injured, and it was Griffey's fault. Junior's cup moved out of place during a game when he was patrolling center field at the Kingdome—and one of the family jewels felt the pinch.
It dropped the superstar to his knees and kept him out of action for a game or two.
And yours truly just cringed his way through writing this.
Being Ambidextrous Didn't Help Greg Harris
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Able to throw from both sides of the mound, Greg A. Harris (there were two pitchers with the name Greg Harris who played around the same time) spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, including three with the Rangers.
Sitting in the bullpen during one game in 1987, Harris was flicking and spitting sunflower seeds to pass the time—and wound up straining his right elbow in the process.
Wall 1, Kevin Brown 0
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Baseball's first $100 million player, right-hander Kevin Brown never quite seemed comfortable playing in New York for the Yankees—and he certainly didn't pitch like the player the Yankees thought they were trading for.
In the middle of a heated pennant race in 2004, Brown was upset after allowing the Orioles to get ahead of the Yankees 3-1 as the game entered the bottom of the sixth inning. A frustrated Brown walked back to the clubhouse and punched a wall—breaking his left hand.
He would only miss a handful of starts, but chances are that Brown wishes he was unable to throw for the rest of that season. It was Brown who took to the mound in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS against the Red Sox, hoping to stop them from becoming the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the series.
He failed miserably, getting pasted for four hits and five earned runs in just over an inning of work.
Bret Barberie's on the Juice
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Not that kind of juice.
Anyone who wears contact lenses knows how much your eyes can burn if there's a speck of dirt on one of your lenses—so imagine how much it must hurt if that speck of dirt was a habanero pepper.
Marlins utility player Bret Barberie knows that pain.
After making a batch of chili, Barberie went to put his contact lenses in—but he forgot to wash his hands, which were covered in habanero chili juice.
Barberie must have screamed like a lunatic when the lens hit his eye, as he not only wound up ripping the lens in half as he tried getting it out of his eye, but was forced out of the evening's lineup as well.
Rick Honeycutt Wasn't as Tactful as He Thought
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In his last start of the 1980 season for the Seattle Mariners, Rick Honeycutt, who had struggled through the season, was tired of losing. So he took matters into his own hands, literally.
Honeycutt taped a thumbtack to his finger in order to scuff the ball while on the mound, something that someone on the Kansas City Royals noticed and pointed out to the umpires. When home plate umpire Bill Kunkel arrived at the mound with two outs in the third inning, he found the thumbtack—and a large gash across Honeycutt's forehead.
Apparently Honeycutt had been wiping the sweat from his brow, not thinking that the tack on his finger would dig into his head. He was immediately kicked out of the game and followed shortly thereafter by Mariners' manager Maury Wills, who for some reason thought he could argue the call to toss Honeycutt.
Moises Alou Meets the Treadmill
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Coming off of a 1998 season where he finished third in the NL MVP voting, Moises Alou was looked at as a big part of the Astros' quest for a third consecutive NL Central championship.
While the Astros would reach their goal, Alou wasn't a part of it.
Running on a treadmill at his house in the Dominican Republic before Spring Training started, Alou lost his footing and fell off—tearing the ACL in his left knee. If that wasn't enough, Alou worked his tail off to get back to the Astros late in the season—only to re-injure himself when he would run over his son while riding a bicycle.
Talk about adding insult to injury.
Steve Sparks Fails to Motivate His Teammates
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After sitting through a motivational seminar in Spring Training with the Brewers in 1994, reliever Sreve Sparks was fired up. A group called "Radical Reality" had spoken to the club and part of their act was to have some guys with huge muscles rip phone books in half with their bare hands.
Full of energy, Sparks did what any excited player would do in order to get his teammates going—he reached for the nearest phone book and attempted to rip it in half just like the musclemen.
Unfortunately for Sparks, he only managed to dislocate his left shoulder. Said Brewers' trainer John Adam (Per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel): "This is one of the freakiest injuries I've ever seen. And a bit annoying, because I had to look up a number later."
Adam Eaton Is a VHS Kind of Guy
Midway through the 2001 season, Padres' starter Adam Eaton found himself home wanting to watch a movie. After grabbing one off of the shelf, he struggled to remove the plastic sealing the case shut. Let's hear the rest of the story in his own words, as told to MLB.com's Ken Mandel:
Yeah, I stabbed myself. At Christmas, my grandfather gave me a pocket knife with a two-inch blade. It was the first time I used it. [The package] was tough to go through, then, all of a sudden, it went through like butter. A two-inch blade only went in halfway, so I was pretty quick. You have to have a little fat, too [points to his belly], or I could've really hurt myself.
I won the Sports Illustrated Award for dumbest injury of the year. I didn't get anything for it, just more recognition for being dumb. I'm so proud. The funniest thing was at the ER, the guy was like, 'Did you do this on purpose?' Now, anytime I'm around a family member with a knife, usually somebody says, 'Do you want me to do that for you?'
The two movies inside the DVD case?
"Backdraft" and "Happy Gilmore."
Celebration Time with Kendrys Morales
After hitting a game-winning grand slam off of Mariners' closer Brandon League in the bottom of the 10th inning, Angels' first baseman Kendrys Morales jumped up as he reached his team surrounding home plate.
As soon as he landed, he continued on his way down to the ground, suffering a broken leg in the celebration. The injury would cost Morales all but 51 games of the 2010 season and the entire 2011 campaign.
David Price Will Air Dry Next Time
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Scheduled to throw three innings against the Tigers in a 2011 spring training game, Rays' ace David Price sat in the dugout, wiping his head off with a towel.
I was just drying my head off in between innings. It's happened to me two times before. The towel just catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward. I just felt it a little bit in back of my neck and just wanted to be cautious with it. ... It's spasms, there's a little pop and it just spasms up and gets a little tight.
I'm not sure which part of this is more embarrassing—that Price had to be pulled from a game because of a towel-related injury, or his admission that this isn't first time he's been injured by a towel. Neither one is something you would expect a professional athlete to readily admit to.
Kerry Wood Loses His Balance
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Arm injuries plagued Kerry Wood throughout his career, forcing him to retire earlier this season at the age of 35. In 2007, Wood's season started off on the wrong foot—literally.
The night before pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, Wood was at home, soaking in his hot tub. That's a seemingly harmless endeavor.
Unfortunately the issue wasn't getting into the tub, or the time he spent in the tub itself—it was in the exit.
"I'm just getting ready for Spring Training, feeling good," Wood said to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "I [got out of the tub] and landed on my stomach and my chest and didn't feel too good. It's that time of year for me."
Injuries would plague his 2007 season yet again, as Wood only threw 24.1 innings in 22 relief appearances.
George Brett Loves Him Some Bill Buckner
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On a rare day off in 1983, Royals' slugger George Brett was at home doing laundry with the Cubs' game playing in another room. When he heard the announcers say that one of his favorite players, Bill Buckner, was coming to the plate, Brett rushed to get in front of the TV.
The only problem for Brett was that he wound up slamming his foot into the door jamb on his way—breaking his toe and landing on the disabled list.
Jose Bautista Has a Metal Experience
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Before he became an All-Star with the Blue Jays, Jose Bautista was a prospect in the Pirates' organization.
Playing for High-A Lynchburg in 2002, Bautista had emerged as a solid contributor on a team that included future major league players Ryan Doumit and Nate McLouth. A fierce competitor, Bautista made a fatal error in judgement about 50 games into the season.
Headed back into the dugout after making an out, Bautista was livid. He swung at the first inanimate object he could find—a trash can. Bautista assumed the can was made of plastic, as virtually every trash can in every major league dugout is.
But this one didn't have any give when fist met metal garbage can, breaking his left hand, an injury that would keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.