Let me set this scene up for you. It was a warm, Summer day and I was playing defense at first base during a Little League game. We were destroying the opposing team so needless to say, I was a little more intrigued with what was going on around me than actually paying attention to the game being played in front of my eyes.
After a single by the opposing team, I decided to hold the runner on. Why you ask? I have no clue considering players weren’t allowed to steal bases until the ball got past the catcher. It’s not like we were going to pick the kid off.
Regardless, I stood there, holding the runner on as I drifted away into my own little dreamland.
Then all of a sudden I heard it – KINK. But before I could react, I found myself face first in the dirt clutching at my groin as a line drive had just seared into my cup. Thankfully after a few moments I was able to walk again, even if I strongly resembled the look of a wobbly newborn deer.
So what’s my point behind all of this? If you’re a good teammate, you’ll always give a good turkey tap to your fellow players much like Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays did to his teammate and shortstop, Jose Reyes.
Of course, Reyes didn’t appear to be expecting the nut punch during a infield meeting at the mound, but you never know when potential disaster may strike – so good on Jose for being the Toronto Blue Jays cup connoisseur.