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Bad day? At least you didn't get hit in the head with Pablo Sandoval's cup

Apr 19, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Pablo Sandoval on base.jpgThis happened back on April 9th, but it’s just now coming to light. I’m assuming that, like all major news stories, it was held up out of an abundance of caution so that the critical details could be verified:

In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the
plate and Sandoval dancing off 3rd base with the possible winning run,
it hit me. Panda’s athletic cup.In the head.

In 25 years of photographing baseball, that was the first, and
please, last time that’s ever happened.

That’s the account from Karl Mondon, a photographer from the Bay Area News Group, who had been sitting next to the Giants’ dugout when Sandoval reached into his trousers, pulled out his cup — which had been bugging him — and tossed it towards the dugout.

Which is a total disgrace. Major League Baseball has been perfectly clear on this point: in order to foster a fun and memorable atmosphere for the fans, players should toss their athletic cups into the seats as souvenirs.

The Giants are not hurting for money. They could afford to get Sandoval a new cup. Those kids sitting alongside the third base line, however, were deprived of what would have almost certainly been a lasting memory.

  1. JGS - Apr 19, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Big fan of the “Things that never happen to Adrian Beltre” tag

  2. IdahoMariner - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    what JGS said.
    and — ugh. poor photographer.

  3. Neal Collins - Apr 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    What a cracking tale! The only other sport I know of which uses similar protective equipment is cricket, the preserve of British and colonial gentlemen. Don’t believe this sort of thing has every enlivened a five-day Test match. Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to a rash of such incidents!

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