"Friendship is one mind in two bodies.'" -- Mencius, Chinese author
NEW! Piscotty Gets Lit Up (9/28/2015)
The number of full-speed collisions in MLB is, fortunately, far lower than one unacquainted with the game might expect. But they do happen, and when they do happen, one word can usually sum them up rather easily: frightening.
Case in point: 9/28/15. Cardinals CF Peter Bourjos, still playing hard in late September as his team tries to fend off the Pirates in the NL Central race, hits the ground for a drive of the bat of Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison.
Stephen Piscotty, who started in RF that night before shifting over to LF, also left his feet. Though Bourjos caught the ball, it came at a cost.
Notes: The delay ultimately lasted 16 minutes, and Piscotty was hospitalized (but released the following night with a concussion) He returned to play one last regular-season game 10/4 and started all four postseason games.
You see #27 Jhonny Peralta, #16 Kolten Wong and #22 Jason Heyward checking on their fallen teammate, along with manager Mike Matheny in the red jacket. P Kevin Siegrist and C Tony Cruz are also seen.
Jon Jay would sub for Piscotty in LF, becoming the third of what would be FOUR Cardinal left fielders that night. St. Louis broke a scoreless tie with a three-run 9th that stood up..
Lawton's Head Shots (5/27/1997)
Yes, Jose Canseco once allowed a fly ball to bounce off his head and over the fence for a home run. But at least...at least...it only happened to him once. The only possible way Canseco absorbs more grief for that blunder is if it repeated itself.
Minnesota's Matt Lawton, battling the tough roof and lights at the Metrodome, was a guy who did get boinked twice in the head on batted balls to the outfield. But because neither ball caromed over the fence, Lawton has somehow managed to escape any scrutiny for his mishaps over the years.
Or maybe it's just because he's not Canseco...
Notes: Because the first clip's pitcher (Brad Radke) batter (the White Sox' Ray Durham) and Lawton were all with their team forever, I can't pinpoint the date. But the presence of Chicago's Ozzie Guillen (#13) staring in disbelief narrows it down to 1995-97.
Hall-of-Famer Edgar Martinez is the batter in the second clip, taken on 5/27/1997. The 4th-inning single scored Joey Cora. Lawton did stay in the game after a delay, but was pinch-hit for in the 9th. His Twins eventually beat Seattle 11-10.;