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Unfazed by comebacker, LaTroy Hawkins still refuses to wear a cup

Aug 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

LaTroy Hawkins AP

Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins took a comebacker to the manhood area last night against the Dodgers, an experience that Hawkins later said felt like getting “kicked by a mule.”

The Mets, mercifully, granted Hawkins a night off after his incident, but the right-hander seems to have not learned a lesson from any of this. Hawkins told the media today that he still won’t wear a cup. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“I never have. I never will,” Hawkins said. “I tried it a couple of times in the minor leagues. It wasn’t comfortable. I’ve thrown a lot of innings. I’ve been in a lot of ballgames. This is the first time I got hit. It won’t change.” 

Hawkins added, “Me and my wife are done having kids, so we’re good. Twelve years ago I would have.”

I can think of safer ways to sterilize oneself, but to each his own.

  1. shawnuel - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    My question: How does Hawkins know what getting kicked in the stones by a mule feels like?

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      By using his imaaaaaaaagination…

      • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Point set and match, Gam.

  2. decimusprime - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Big Blue is hitting every ball in the park! Go Dodgers!

  3. gmenfan1982 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    It truly boggles my mind that there are players who don’t wear a cup. Especially since most guys have worn them their entire youth-teen years playing ball.

    • b453841l - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Pretty much the same response as Adrian Beltre after he got his right testicle smashed, bloody, and swollen the size of a grapefruit.

      On cup use, he said, “I never wore one again until last year after I got hit. It was the first time I was hit. They say I’m crazy not to wear the cup. But I say, if the ball’s going to hit me there every 11 1/2 years, I’ll take my chances.”

      • beefytrout - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        All he has to do is give the “Beltre stare” to a baseball, and he has nothing to worry about.

      • km9000 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        I don’t know wanna why or how it was disclosed that it was specifically the right one…

    • badintent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Hawkins =Kim as world’s stupidest man. Bar none.

  4. jerze2387 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This guy must have balls of steel. literally.

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Or a protective rod.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Baseball is the most superstitious sport

    • eightyraw - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      This has absolutely nothing to do with superstition. Wearing a cup is uncomfortable. The chances of a relief pitcher getting hit in the crotch are terribly slim.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Crotch Shots are for Starters!

      • eightyraw - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        I appreciate the joke. I specified relievers since they hardly ever have to hit.

      • km9000 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        A – always. B – bear. C – cups. Always bear cups!

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  8. nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Sound like he could give Jordany Valdespin lessons in masculinity…. or stupidity.

  9. Francisco (FC) - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I can think of safer ways to sterilize oneself, but to each his own.

    It’s also the Testosterone producing area… Could this be a stratagem by Hawkins to get MLB to allow him some prescription strength PEDs?

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