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And you think you’re having a bad day?

Mar 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Meanwhile, down in the Mets-Tigers game, Jordany Valdespin homers off Justin Verlander in the first inning, then has his day go downhill fast later in the game:

I’ll give you one guess as to what that bad spot was. Assuming Valdespin survives, he’s gonna have some extra bunt training tomorrow, methinks.

Spring training: it’s FAN-tastic.




  1. ugglasforearms - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM


  2. shaggylocks - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I was nailed by a baseball in the nuts once in little league. Fortunately for me the national sporting press didn’t pick up on the story, because THAT would have been embarrassing. I feel for this guy in more ways than one.

  3. number42is1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    so…. 2 balls AND a strike in the same pitch?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      I think that it was 3 balls and a strike.

      • number42is1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        i think that the only way it would be more awkward is if it made a *clunk* sound… and not from his cup… Mayeb verlander can do him a solid and ask Kate to take a look at it

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Verlander has much better control than a certain Mexican relief pitcher.

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Now THAT’S a HBP. V went all Old Hoss on him.

    • indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Now there’s your daily dose of Tigers Awesomeness™.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Thank you, Craig! <3

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Only a few inches away from Aaron Burr’s coup de grace in another infamous contretemps featuring the code duello.

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Never take the name, Aaron Burr, in vain! His was a nice clean rib shot (after Hamilton played games with hair-triggered pistols.) Burr 2016 – hey even dead he’s the best choice.

  6. number42is1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    As much as I hate twitter… it has served its purpose for the day. “my dick” is the new “that’s a clown question, bro”

  7. strlngsilv - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Thats Nuts

  8. number42is1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    it also gives new meaning to “dick in a box”… oh man… i got so many more of these

  9. heyblueyoustink - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    If you ask John Kruk, sometimes the term “everything happens for a reason” can be very personal at times.

    You just hope the wake up call isn’t a 90 some MPH’er to the gonads. maybe something more subtle.

  10. buddysguys - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM


    thats great this whole thing is great…good laughs good laughs.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      …said the dude that didn’t get hit by a fastball to the dick.

  11. ddjesus - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I love how blunt he was about it. I wonder if he had a big grin or a cringe when he said it.

    • shawndc04 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM


    • chill1184 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Im sure he’ll post something in relation to the incident on his Instagram account

  12. Tyree Studio - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Royals fans have been taking fastballs to the “package” for 25+ years…

  13. indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM


    • El Bravo - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      You twisted soul!

      • indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Don’t you just love that we can watch those over and over and laugh and laugh and not cringe a bit?

      • indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        I’ve been looking for a video but it appears the game wasn’t televised. We need an eyewitness report by a cellphone wielding fan.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Can’t wait to loop that gif.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        I take back anything nice I ever said about either of you.

  14. Francisco (FC) - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    And you think you’re having a bad day?
    So… just to clarify, are we saying Verlander had a bad day or Valdespin?

    • indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Well, FC, let’s see. One gave up a bunch of runs in a meaningless game, and the other got hit on his dick. Not his balls, but his dick, by a 94 mph fastball with some crazy precision. You decide.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Verlander, for sure. How embarrassing.

      • indaburg - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Was he going for the balls and missed? Yeah, that is embarassing.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Juuuust a bit outside…

  15. zzalapski - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Adrian Beltre would’ve stayed in the game and scored the winning run.

  16. stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Where did you get hit?

    The nuts? No.
    The package? No.
    In the family jewels? No.
    My daddy parts…No.

    The dick.


  17. philliesblow - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Since he came out of the game, Valdespin obviously is not a gritty player.

    Also love his direct answer to where he got it. Made me think of one of the most misheard lyrics of all time.

  18. Hunter Pence's Eyes - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Aftermath looks painful.

  19. Gamera the Brave - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Frankly, I think the strange part of this post is that there is a reporter named Mike Puma. Of course, we all remember his more famous uncle Pete:

  20. sharpie147 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    That’s not exactly what they mean when they say he got “good wood” on the ball.

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