May 26, 2004

Sammy's sneeze and other (in)famous injuries

Daniel Dobish, on CBS Sportsline, reports on Sammy Sosa's now infamous sneeze that threw out his back and caused him to be placed on the 15 day disabled list. He also lists some other rather infamous strange baseball injuries

Here are some other strange injuries that have occurred over the years to make Sosa feel a little bit better about his unfortunate injury, although Cal Ripken Jr. is likely somewhere shaking his head:

Second baseman Bret Barberie was once held out of the lineup after inadvertently rubbing chili juice in his eye.

Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs missed a handful of games after straining his back while pulling on a pair of cowboy boots.

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller was scalded with near-boiling water when he lost control of a hose for the whirlpool, burning himself below the waste. He was unable to perform baseball activities for nearly a week.

Pitcher Dwight Gooden once missed a start after teammate Vince Coleman hit him with a golf club in the team clubhouse by mistake.

Outfielder Terry Harper of the Braves injured his shoulder after giving another player a high-five.

Outfielder Glenallen Hill was unable to play for a few games after falling out of his bed due to a nightmare about spiders. He jumped from the bed, fell through a glass table and crawled through the broken glass suffering multiple cuts.

Minnesota's Kent Hrbek missed the final 10 games in 1990 due to a sprained ankle. He suffered the injury after wrestling with a clubhouse attendant.

Pitcher Jeff Juden had one of his scheduled starts pushed back in 1994 after getting an infection from a tattoo.

Pitcher Carlos Perez missed time after breaking his nose in a car accident. The wreck occurred as he was trying to pass the team bus.

Catcher Mickey Tettleton was once placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a severe bout of athlete's foot. The irritation was the result of tying his shoes too tight.

Posted by Andrew at 02:35 AM

May 22, 2004

May in the Midwest

Eric Meyer reports about some Stormy Weather Cleveland had yesterday.

As I went up the stairs to her room, I glanced out our north windows and saw that the sky had shifted to a pale green... The rain came down so hard and fast that our street became a minor river... Chilly mist wafted off of the hail on the ground as the ice sublimated, making the world seem a little more dreamlike and uncertain.

Ah, the joys of a Midwestern Spring.

Actually, I'm a little jealous. Southern Indiana didn't get anything nearly as intense. I know I'd miss these storms if I ever lived someplace with a more gentle climate. Sometimes nothing beats being outside, seeing the sky darken, feeling the wind pick up, and smelling a storm that's about to roll in. A good storm is an immersive experience that beats most movies that I've seen recently ;) .

Posted by Andrew at 06:35 PM | Comments (1)

May 06, 2004

Motorcyle Ride through Chernobyl

I came across, via Eric Meyer's site, a photojournal of motorcyle ride through Chernobyl. Many of the pictures contained on the site are both beautiful and spooky.

Also, I picked up this interesting factoid:

Radiation sits on the soil, on the grass, in apples and mushrooms. It is not retained by asphalt, which makes rides through this area possible

Update ( May 29, 2004):
It appears as if the story is slightly fictitious. Mary Mycio writes that

I am sorry to report that much of Elena's story is not true. She did not travel around the zone by herself on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are banned in the zone, as is wandering around alone, without an escort from the zone administration. She made one trip there with her husband and a friend. They traveled in a Chornobyl car that picked them up in Kyiv.

Posted by Andrew at 04:23 PM