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Francisco Cervelli has a new helmet

Mar 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

You may now update all of your old “David Wright looks funny in that big batting helmet” jokes to Francsico Cervelli, who will be donning one in New York this season after suffering his second concussion earlier this week:

Cervelli said he plans to wear the helmet at the plate all season, though he won’t wear it when catching or running the bases.

“To me it just makes sense,” said Girardi, who would make the new
helmets mandatory. “It you have something you’ve had to deal with, if
there’s some way to improve the protection or keep you maybe from being
injured again, it makes sense to use that device… It is much more
padded. It’s really unbelievable. You look at it and think ‘why don’t
more people wear it? Why doesn’t everyone wear it?’”

Yeah, on second thought, let’s just 86 the jokes, OK?  Yes, the helmet looks odd, but we’re only just now starting to realize how serious concussions — especially second and third concussions — really are.  Last night there were a lot of jokes among Yankees writers in the Twitterverse regarding Cervelli’s new headgear — and apparently he’s taking some mocking from his teammates too — but a guy’s health and career are no laughing matter.

If I was standing in against 95 mph heat, I’d wear a propeller hat, a mixing bowl or a church crown on my head if I thought it’d keep me safe.

  1. Moses Green - Mar 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    I never joked about the big helmet, and don’t understand why on earth everyone doesn’t wear them. For that matter, why doesn’t Adrian Beltre’s contract mandate no more freeballing? It’s just ridiculous.
    Ask Mike Webster how funny concussions are. Oh wait, that’s right, you can’t. He’s gone now. Greatest center in the history of pro football. I bet his family wishes he had better headgear.

  2. jimbeetle - Mar 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    “…waiting there for him there was the helmet, the same Rawlings S100 that Mets third baseman David Wright wore for two games last season before ditching it.”
    He, he, sounds like they’re rotating the one helmet around the league. Which team gets to use it next year?
    (Duh! The colorful captcha block you folks use now looks so much like an ad I just ignored it, then wondered why I kept getting a “text entered is incorrect message.” Couldn’t quite figure out how a comment could really be incorrect. Well, at least it’s cocktail time, maybe that’ll help my eye to keyboard coordination.)

  3. Will - Mar 13, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    They’re calling him the “Great Gazoo,” which strikes me as more of an affectionate tease than genuine mocking. Ball players tease and make up nicknames all the time, for all sorts of reasons. Just let them be.

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