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Sweet potatoes 1, Travis Snider 0

Feb 18, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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Hey man, it happens:

Travis Snider‘s toe is doing well, but another minor scrape will keep him from throwing for a day or two. Snider cut a finger on his left hand while chopping a sweet potato and has a bandage on the tip of the finger.

There are way worse things with which to injure oneself while cutting. Sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious. If this were, say, a block of Velveeta or one of those summer sausages or something it’d put Snider in a way worse light.

  1. jarathen - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Mmmmm, sweet potatoes.

  2. chill1184 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Is it me or are baseball players the most prone to these weird injuries?

    • thedoubleentandres - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      European soccer players by far… I remember a few years back the Spanish No1 Goalkeeper Santiago Canizares missed the whole World Cup because he dropped a bottle of Aftershave on his foot.

      • Jeremy T - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        I still say Clint Barmes was weirder. Fell down the stairs while trying to carry deer meat.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Cue barbell-sol joke.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        I thought the Canizares thing was a cover-up because he injured himself while having sex with his girlfriend, or so the tabloids say…

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Your comment tells me you have no idea how much meat one can harvest from a decent sized deer. I can easily see how someone can fall down the stairs. Personally, my deer meat freezer is in the basement. As a result, I scale my stairs to the basement very deliberately every deer season. The much bigger point in my opinion? Why would anyone eat sweet potatoes? Nasty…nasty…nasty. Fido’s ass kind of nasty.

    • paperlions - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Nah, it is just that they have a job in which injuries like this (especially hand injuries) are important… if most other people cut themselves, they just go to work because it won’t affect their ability to do their job substantially.

      It isn’t injury proneness, it is the effect on the injury on job performance.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    0-tool Snider is a black hole in the Pirates lineup. It was an interesting gamble by noted cheapskate Neil Huntington and his “throw every possible cheap reclamation project at the wall and hope something sticks” way of putting together the Buccos’ roster, but 0-tool Snider has had plenty of opportunities to figure things out and has gotten nowhere. Just pitch him outside, he’ll pop up, hit a weak dribbler or miss, as he tries to pull everything thrown his way. No wonder he cut his hand, he is not used to having tools.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I have no idea why he’s still on the team. I guess sometimes you just need warm bodies, although “warm” might be a bit of high praise in Snider’s case. Knowing Huntington, he’ll hang onto him and find some idiot GM this spring to trade him a great relief arm and three top prospects for Snider.

      Lot of clutch hitting opportunities for Snider last year as a late inning pinch hitter. If I recall, I believe he was pretty much 0-for-the-season in those at-bats.

  4. phisticuffs - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    BSOHL for the sweet potatoes? Or do we need more anecdotal evidence before making that declaration?

  5. proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Snider seem to be a real cut up. I believe that he also had ankle surgery in the off season.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Looks like his only off season surgery was on his foot and toe.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      remember when this guy was the crown jewel of the bluejay farm system? Yep another BUST as usual!

  6. historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Chopping them? Ewww. I can’t imagine what for.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      To get a better fit into the barrel of the potato gun.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Such a waste. I bet he peeled them too.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Yeah, really no need to cut them at all prior to cooking. Just bake them whole, then halve them and add butter and cinnamon.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        You’re making me hungry. Of course, I boil and slice them to candy them also, but chopping is just too much (although mashing is also fine — there’s just no point to chunks though, as that usually leads to treating them as accoutrements instead of as the feature). I spent Thanksgiving with friends in Pittsburgh once and introduced them to the candied version. I had to rescue the poor things from peeling first. My hosts stood in disbelief watching the skins slide off after boiling. It was as if they had never imagined such a thing. The following year, they requested the recipe, of course.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Maybe while he’s recovering, he can read the scene in Raph Ellison’s Invisible Man where the poor kid is wandering cold and hungry through Harlem and comes across a sweet potato vendor selling baked yams from his cart. He scrapes some coins out of his pocket and buys one, then breaks it open and stares into it, then noshes….that has got to be the single most sensuous description of a sweet potato in all of American literature. If it doesn’t make you want to throw a yam in your microwave and then sacrifice half a stick of butter to it, nothing will.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Well, I do have a recipe for maple roasted root vegetables that requires peeling and slicing the yams into thickish sticks. I present it here as evidence that this recipe, at least, was worth the risk:

      3 small sweet potatoes peeled, scrubbed and cut into wedges
      1 pound baby carrots, washed
      5 small parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces.
      1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
      1/4 cup real maple syrup (Dieting? Too bad. Artificially sweetened “light” syrup will wreck this recipe.)
      1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
      Juice of one lemon
      Juice of one small orange
      (if you’re ambitious today, go ahead and zest both fruits and add the zest to the mix – not necessary, but gives it a nice edge)
      salt and freshly ground black pepper

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      Combine all of the above ingredients in a big bowl, with a few good grinds of pepper and a teaspoon of salt, and then toss with large spoons (or your hands) to coat the vegetables completely with the dressing.

      Pour onto a baking sheet lined with foil, spread evenly, and roast, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are browned and tender, 25 to 30 minutes or a little longer if you want to brown the veggies evenly. Season to taste.

      Your brains will fall out.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        See, accoutrement.

        /shakes head

      • raysfan1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        I hate it when my brains fall out. They turn all squishy as I try to shove it back in.

      • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Try Hannibal Lecter’s recipe:

        1 CIA agent, head shaved and skull incised just above the eyebrows.
        1 cup all purpose flour
        1 tbs herbs de provence
        1 egg, beaten
        1 tbs heavy cream
        1 tsp cognac
        1 cup panko bread crumbs
        2 sticks unsalted sweet cream butter
        salt and pepper to taste
        You will also need a good basic chafing dish

        Okay, do you want me to run all the way through this or do you think you can handle it?

      • raysfan1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        The CIA agent looked like Ray Liotta, so I lost interest.

  7. chacochicken - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Perhaps while swinging the knife he had a plate discipline epiphany and he’ll be the next Chris Davis AAAA to star? Overly optimistic, yes, but not as much a Reuben.

  8. RickyB - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Did something similar in a collegiate summer league. Day before the first game, I sliced the tip of the middle finger on my throwing hand while cutting a watermelon. It was very difficult getting the ball to first base the next night from my position at third base. Got blood on the ball every time I threw it because the bandage would not stay in place. Even tried throwing with my index and ring fingers on the ball with my middle finger extended. Insert joke here.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM


  9. tedwmoore - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I am too lazy to check, but does Snider field as a righty and bat lefty? Because I would think that lefties hold knives in their left hand. Odd thing to focus on, but there you have it.

    • rje49 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      In the picture, it looks like he’s crossing the plate in front of the catcher after striking out – as a right hand batter. So a righty would normally use his right hand to cut his left hand up!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Check the helmet, he just struck out batting lefty.

  10. kruegere - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Sweet potatoes are totally Paleo, man. My primary partner and I eat them all the time.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Yes, but how does your secondary partner feel about them?

  11. rje49 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Baseball players shouldn’t be allowed to play with knives! Usually they’re cutting meat or washing dishes when they cut themselves. It’s pretty easy to do with new, very expensive knives.
    I don’t keep track of players cutting themselves over the years, but it happens regularly. A “No sharp knives” clause should be in their contracts!

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      As Bob Ojeda reminds us, hedge trimmers are bad news, too.

  12. musketmaniac - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Snyder will not be hole in the pirate line up. he will be a monster in Indianapolis line up

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