Baseball Hall of Shame – Random, Weird Injuries

When Michael Jordan has the flu, he scores over 40 points in the NBA Finals and usually makes the winning basket at the buzzer. When Tiger Woods plays golf on an injured knee and broken leg he wins the U.S. Open on the 19th hole of a playoff. Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, played with pain and led the Dallas Cowboys to a division-clinching win over the New York Giants despite a dislocated shoulder.

Baseball might have a few stories of this kind, but for me the MLB is best known for random, weird injuries that send a player to the DL. The latest is the greatest. Until last week I had never heard of a pillow-lifting injury in baseball — that is, until Detroit Tigers’ Brandon Inge reported the following details about the injury that brought him “down”:

“It was the stupidest, most freakish thing,” Inge said Wednesday, explaining why he had just been placed on the 15-day DL with the pulled side muscle (oblique) he suffered 3 1/2 weeks ago. “I have a 3-year-old son who sleeps in the bed with my wife and me,” Inge said. “I was trying to push the pillow down behind his head (two nights ago), and when I did … I repopped (the strained muscle). Upon hearing this story, manager Jim Leyland said, “That’s a first.”

It may be the first “pillow push” injury, but it is definitely not the first wacky baseball injury. After a little bit of research, I now present to you those who are a part of the MLB’s weird injury fraternity:

Vince Coleman (Cardinals)
Missed the 1985 World Series after getting rolled up in the field tarp machine. How does a guy as fast as the base-stealing Coleman lose to a tarp machine?

John Smoltz (Braves)
The starting pitcher once burned his chest while ironing a shirt … which he was still wearing. Nice!

Tom Glavine (Braves)
Apparently trying to impress his “iron man” teammate, Glavine broke a rib in 1992 while throwing up airplane food.

Nolan Ryan (Astros)
The Hall of Fame pitcher once missed a start after being bitten on his hand … by a coyote.

Sammy Sosa (Cubs)
Sneezed his way onto the DL with a back injury in 2004.

But my favorite of all is Steve Sparks who dislocated his shoulder when he tried to impersonate a motivational speaker by attempting to rip a phone book in half. What is your favorite? What famous injury did I miss? Your turn…


Share the Gospel Using Sports Illustrations

Stonebriar Community Church’s Baseball/Softball Camp was this week and I knew today was the day that the gospel would be presented. I could not wait for the Sports Outreach Director to give me a call. I was the first person he called to tell me all about the exciting events of the day.

First of all, he began the camp day focused on explaining to the campers the concept of sacrifice. As a captivating illustration he told the story of the college softball player who hit a home run recently and tore her ACL while running the bases. The only way for her to get credit for the first home run of her career was for the players on the other team to sacrifice what ended up being their postseason hopes to help the other team score runs by carrying the injured player around the bases lowering her just enough to touch the base until they all reached home.

As Coach C was telling the story two coaches carried a college student around the bases allowing him to touch each base for what was a creative and amazing way to communicate sacrifice. Coach C knew that he would later in the day refer back to that illustration when he spoke of the gospel, the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When it was time to communicate the gospel to the campers, Coach C continued Continue reading

Barry Bonds Hits Home Run 755

asteriskWell I turned on the TV to watch Barry Bonds hit home run 755 last night, tying Hank Aaron. After showing the home run from every possible camera angle they showed Bonds running out to left field at San Diego to be greeted by hundreds of fans holding up small sheets of paper with an asterisk on them. This of course a reminder to Bonds that most of the nation is rooting against him and will never give him full credit for his acheivement. Maybe that is the motivation he needs to break the record. trophy
Regardless, we will forever have to live with the staged PR move to have his son greet him at home plate with a big hug. It is just not the same as McGuire and Sosa rooting each other on towards 70 home runs in the late 90s. It seems that Bud Selig thinks that not reacting to the home run and keeping his hands in his pockets was in the “best interest of the game”, or maybe his job. Rumor has it that if Bonds hits 756 this week they will stop the game and award Barry B. with a golden trophy in the shape of an asterisk. OK, maybe not.

Smoltz versus Maddux – 15 years later

It’s time to get out your worthless early 90s baseball cards and tune in for a pitcher’s duel between two old friends. For 11 years, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux were teammates, but tonight they went head-to-head for the first time in almost 15 years as the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres battled at Turner Field.

Atlanta (AP) Greg Maddux couldn’t stop grinning after he lined a single right up the middle off an old friend. John Smoltz got the last laugh, however. Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones came up with two-out, run-scoring hits in the seventh inning, giving Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 win over Maddux’s San Diego Padres on Wednesday night (recap)

Smoltz and Maddux pitched together with Atlanta from 1993 through 2003, combining for 300 regular-season wins and leading the Braves to 10 division titles, three World Series appearances and the 1995 World Series title. (read more)

CoachDeck Baseball Drills Cards
April 21, 2007, 1:23 pm
Filed under: baseball, coaching, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0, youth sports

Here is another baseball coaching product that I came across online today. This is another resource you can use to make your youth baseball season the best ever:

CoachDeck – BaseballCoachDeck
The first-ever, instructional deck of cards created to assist the millions of hard-working youth sports volunteers and parents who would like to help players learn important skills and fundamentals though fun drills and games. The drills in CoachDeck can be performed by players from 6-16 and are laid out in a fast, easy-to-understand format that allows you to conduct an extremely effective practice or clinic. Shuffle through 52 color-coded drills that teach valuable fundamentals, designed by coaches for coaches.

Quality Coaching Baseball Website
April 20, 2007, 9:45 pm
Filed under: baseball, coaching, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0, youth sports

Check out this great website I came across today…if you are a youth baseball coach and want to make the most of your season this is a can’t miss:

Quality Coaching Baseball provides baseball instruction, baseball drills, coaching philosophy, and other information for youth baseball coaches, players, and parents who want to learn more about playing and coaching baseball.

A-Rod Wooing Fickle Fans
April 20, 2007, 3:38 pm
Filed under: baseball, mlb, sports, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0, Yankees

Alex Rodriguez is making a habit this season of being the likable hero. He did it again yesterday with a three-run walk-off home-run that gave the Yankees an 8-6 victory to complete a sweep of the Cleveland Indians. A-Rod has 10 home-runs on the season to go with another league leading total – 26 RBIs. Wow!

Question: Are you happy for A-Rod? I am.
Question: Do you think the fans will turn on him in a heartbeat? I do.