The New York Mets were taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday when something rather rare happened. Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was on the mound when Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston hit the pitch right back at Hawkins. It hit him right in the private region, that is usually supposed to be protected. The most incredible part of this play might be that he still threw him out at first despite the obvious pain he was just inflicted.
[h/t] Chad Moriyama
“Direct hit. Direct hit. Di-rect hit.” — LaTroy Hawkins
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 15, 2013
With a man on base, Hawkins told manager Terry Collins he could play on.
“I thought I could get through it,” said Hawkins, via the New York Daily News.
He then gave up a game tying two run homer to Andre Either. Hawkins was stunned.
Hawkins was surprisingly candid and open when talking about the injury.
“It was a direct hit — no cup,” said Hawkins, via the New York Post. “When I lifted my leg, I could feel my [nuts] in my throat, but I thought I could get through it. I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts.”
Any guy can tell you that a car ride is not a great idea after an accident like this. Unfortunately, thats exactly what the future held for Hawkins.
— LaTroy Hawkins (@LaTroyHawkins32) August 15, 2013