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The 12 Dumbest Food Related Injuries in Sports

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2013

The 12 Dumbest Food Related Injuries in Sports

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    I'm not sure about you, but I absolutely love to eat food.

    Of course, I'm not talking anything that could be described as healthy, but the good stuff like pizza, tacos and, of course, a ton of cheese.

    As good as scarfing down on some grub can be, though, one must always remember that it can actually cause more harm than good if not handled properly.

    And while we've seen some seriously bizarre injuries by professional athletes before, these are the ones that were caused by their desire to eat, rather than take care of themselves.

Greg Harris (MLB)

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    Image via baconsports.com

    I'm guessing that, if you're anything like me, you have absolutely no idea who Greg Harris is, so let me introduce you to him.

    He's actually a former, 15-year MLB pitcher, who played for eight teams and compiled a career 74-90 record with a 3.69 ERA.

    And though he'd prefer his lasting memory from his career be the 5.1 innings he pitched in the 1984 World Series for the Padres, I think he's best remembered for injuring his wrist while flicking sunflower seeds in the dugout.

Kyle Smith (College Football)

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    Image via deadspin.com

    Maybe the injury to Carroll College defensive lineman Kyle Smith actually isn't a laughing matter.

    After reading—and worse, seeing the pictures (Editor's Note: They're graphic)—of his freak accident while cooking an onion, I'm sure you'll tend to agree.

    With severe burns to his legs and feet, it'd probably be best if he left the deep-fried onion making to places like Outback.

Tom Glavine (MLB)

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    Tom Glavine might have been one of the most consistent pitchers of his era, winning 305 games in his 22-year career, but not everything he hurled was great.

    He proved that when the former Braves pitcher broke a rib while vomiting up airplane food on a team flight back in 1992.

    Glavine had some nasty stuff, but this might just be his worst.

Josh Hamilton (MLB)

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    Angels outfielder, Josh Hamilton, has had his fair share of problems since joining the team this past offseason—mainly, his underachieving .250 average, 21 homers and 79 RBI.

    But while still with the Rangers last year, it was his vision and balance that got J-Ham a little discombobulated, as he had to sit out five games for drinking too much caffeine.

    Yes, it turns out that Hamilton was actually too amped up, causing him some major problems when trying to hit or field a baseball.

    But hey, at least he was never too tired!

Andrew Clifford (College Football)

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    Image via gogamecocks.com

    Going just 3-of-5 for only 33 yards in his Gamecocks career, few people ever got to really know who former South Carolina quarterback Andrew Clifford was.

    That's probably a good thing, because if he made the same type of decisions on the field as off of it, the Cocks might not have been as good as they have been in recent years.

    Of course, I'm only speculating, but after crashing a moped with a pizza in his lap—which caused a concussion—I can only go off the facts given to me—and that's a pretty boneheaded move deserving of an audible.

Dustin Penner (NHL)

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    The next time you go to an IHOP and order a 10-stack of pancakes, be very wary with what you're about to do, because, apparently, you can hurt yourself pretty badly while digging into those delicious, sweet, fluffy pods.

    Or at least that's what happened to current Ducks player, Dustin Penner, who was leaning down to devour some homemade pancakes his wife made for him and actually hurt his back.

    I'm sure that's the last time his wife tries to do something nice for him like cook him breakfast, so way to blow that, dude.

Jhonny Peralta (MLB)

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    When someone is allergic to something, you'd kind of assume that they would do all they could to avoid ever coming in contact with it, right?

    So it's a little shocking to hear that Tigers shortstop, Jhonny Peralta, actually dug into a big bowl of clam chowder, causing an allergic reaction that made him miss a spring training game earlier this year.

    Hearing that Peralta didn't know it was clam chowder until after he ate it makes this an even more bogus move on his part.

Darren Mattocks (MLS)

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    As we've found out with a few other athletes on this list, attempting to cook can be a seriously dangerous activity, so as the old adage goes, "If you can't handle the heat, you better get out of the kitchen."

    Maybe MLS Vancouver Whitecaps player, Darren Mattocks, could have used this advice a little bit earlier, though.

    While trying to cook something for himself, Mattocks ended up on the shelf—and in the hospital—with burns to his arm.

    Maybe he forgot to use an oven mitt? Or the stove top was still on while he accidentally leaned on it?

    Regardless of what actually happened, I assume he'll just stick to microwavable dinners from now on.

Bret Barberie (MLB)

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    Image via tradingcarddb.com

    Probably best-known for his former marriage to hottie sports commentator, Jillian Barberie, former MLB player, Bret Barberie, was burned by something else pretty hot to sustain his bizarre injury.

    While piling on the spicy atop some nachos he had made, Bret forgot to wash his hands off, leaving the former six-year vet with some hands that were like fireballs.

    He proceeded to touch his eye ball, causing irritation bad enough to miss his next game.

    As someone who has done this after eating hot wings before, I can tell you that the instant "I'm blind" feeling is not a very fun one to have.

Kevin Mitchell (MLB)

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    Former MLB player, Kevin Mitchell, might have made this outstanding, barehanded catch while playing for the Giants once—and even took home the 1989 N.L. MVP—but it was his snagging of a doughnut that caused him to land on this list.

    After trying to thaw out a frozen doughnut in the microwave, Mitchell actually broke his tooth when trying to bite into it.

    Um, can someone get this guy some Sensodyne toothpaste, please?

Nate Burleson (NFL)

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    Just happening last week, I'm sure you're familiar with the car crash that Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson got in while trying to save some pizzas he had ordered, causing him to run into the median and crash his car.

    The only good news that comes out of this is that Burleson absolutely knows he doesn't have a future as a pizza delivery man—no offense to any current or future people who do.

Michael Taylor (MLB)

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    While all of these injuries have been pretty embarrassing, I'm not sure it gets much worse than former Oakland A's outfielder, Michael Taylor's.

    Back in 2011, Taylor sustained a huge gash on his pinkie finger after hitting a light fixture while trying to toss his gum into the trash can.

    Standing 6'5", this is one time I'm absolutely happy for not being tall, because this would never happen to someone who's just 5'8" like I am.

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