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…


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.

The Sports World Needs to Lighten Up

Apparently the media are as bored with the headlines they are writing as we are reading them. David Beckham makes his debut tonight, oh but wait, a bad ankle will limit him to five to ten minutes. Now America will be watching something else other than the over-hyped MLS debut of Brad Pitt in cleats. Sergio will enter Sunday at the British Open with the lead and every chance to blow it on the final hole like Jean Van de Velde did eight years ago at the same course. In addition, Sergio has a chance to break the title of “best golfer yet to win a major.” Who comes up with these angles on sports?!?

Kobe is not practicing for team USA for the first time ever, instead he is simply shooting around in between interviews about his indecisive nature on whether or not he wants to remain a Laker. He says that he does not want to be a distraction to the team and the reporters ignore his request and ask the same questions in 100 other ways. And now the poll of the day on ESPN is “Which accusations are most disturbing to you as a sports fan?” Your choices are Michael Vick’s alleged involvement in dogfighting or referee Tim Donaghy’s alleged NBA betting. These stories are accompanied by the question of where and when will the alleged “Steriod King” will become the MLB “Home Run King”. And will the commissioner, Bud Selig, be in attendance to observe the making of the largest asterick in Guiness Book of World Records history. Everyone is looking forward to the NFL season as a chance to see if anyone on the Cincinnati Bengals is out of jail and free to join Carson Palmer for the 2007 NFL regular season. Pac Man Jones… OK…you get the point.

It is time to hire Charles Barkley as the President and CEO of all sports and have him make decisions as to what is in the best interest of the game, regardless of sport. All of the commissioners will report to Sir Charles and the players and officials have to meet with Barkley one on one every time they screw up. The best part about interviewing Barkley about the state of sports as the new boss is that he would help every reporter lighten up. That is what the sports world needs.

“Who’s Not” Winner: Terrell Owens
July 6, 2007, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Cycling, ESPN, mlb, Nascar, NBA, NFL, NHL, sports, sports opinion, sports talk, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0

who’s not
I have been so inspired by ESPN’s “Who’s Now” contest that I have decided to post my own variation of the popular contest. My version is called “Who’s Not”, a post in which I with the help of some friends will rank the ultimate sports prima donnas by considering both on-field busts and off-field distractions. What will all of these athletes have in common? They lack character. It has been said that a person’s talent and abilities can take a person farther than their character can sustain them and that is the case for the winners of SportsPastor’s “Who’s Not” Awards. Please take these as tongue in cheek and also visit the real contest at “Who’s Now.” Be thankful that ESPN has created a contest to tide us over until preseason football begins. With no further ado, here are the brackets and winners:

Bobby Knight Bracket (people who throw stuff):
Milwaukee Braves Skipper vs. MLB Pitcher Kenny Rogers

Dennis Rodman Bracket (NBA Technical Fouls):
Rasheed Wallace vs. Ron Artest

Mike Tyson Bracket (Only Playing Because I am Broke):
Ricky Williams vs. Marion Jones

Jose Canseco Bracket (Substance Abuse or Amazing Feats of Strength):
Barry Bonds vs. Jason Giambi

Latrell Spreewell Bracket (There is no I in TEAM):
Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss

Pete Rose Bracket (You can “bet” on the gap between talk and walk):
Pac Man Jones vs. Michael Vick

Bill Lambier Bracket (These athletes are often called dirty players):
Bruce Bowen vs. Todd Bertuzzi

Tonya Harding Bracket (These athletes are often called cheaters):
Floyd Landis vs. Tony Stewart

Final Four
Todd Bertuzzi vs. Pac Man Jones
Terrell Owens vs. Ron Artest


Pac Man Jones vs. Terrell Owens

“Who’s Not” Winner
Terrell Owens

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)


Check out the new navigation on the left as you read this (SPORTSPASTOR 2.0). To take you around the SP horn, SportsPastor 2.0 will be the home of my favorite Sports Talk and Chalk Talk. Sports Talk will include my favorite of the sports headlines of the week. I will give my biased opinions and laugh with you at some of the crazy things that happen in the world of sports. Chalk Talk will be a coaches corner or roundtable. If you like to talk coaching x’s and o’s this will be your favorite section of the blog. Share the latest skill or drill you are using because I will definitely be sharing my favorites along with some offense and defense strategies. Keep your eyes open for some special guests that will be blogging in this area in the Fall.

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.