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Josh Hamilton injured his thumb sliding into first base

Apr 9, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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I swear to God, if I was a manager and one of my players slid head-first into first base I’d fine them back to the stone age. From Alden Gonzalez:

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton injured his left thumb while sliding headfirst into first base in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, an injury that prevented him from batting in a crucial situation in the ninth.

X-rays on Hamilton’s thumb were negative, and he’ll have an MRI today.

Asked after the game about sliding into first, Hamilton said “I shouldn’t have done it, probably, but I’m not going to say I’m not going to do it again because I’d be lying.”

Between Hamilton and Frank Thomas today is shaping up into the ultimate “ballplayers should be seen but not heard” kind of day.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    So he replaced his crack addiction with another pointless and potentially injurious addiction?

    Keep on making those solid life choices big guy.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Puig’s negative influence is reaching all the way across town.

    • clydeserra - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      (and across county lines, through a few more towns)

    • apkyletexas - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Would Craig fine Puig “back to the stone age”?? Cause I thought we were supposed to be nice to him and understanding of the cultural barriers and all that…

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        No need to fine him back to the stone age… just fine him to Cuba… that’s worse than the stone age…

    • moogro - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Yea, don’t participate in that crap. It would be like saying the Nationals influence on the Orioles, all the way across town.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    “I shouldn’t have done it, but I fully plan to do it again.” Sounds like someone made a wise investment with their money.

    • clydeserra - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Its not like he has injured himself before sliding head first. (I wonder how this one is dave anderson’s fault)

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Like eating Popeyes, or bootycalling your ex.

    • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Or taking an obese woman home.

      • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        They’re called Slump Busters and they’re an integral part of the game.

  4. nymets4ever - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    If you had a team, you wouldn’t even need to worry about aspects of the game like sliding and baserunning. You’d force all your players to become needle-pushing balloon-headed roid ragers who just hit home runs and strike out all the time, no diving required. lol

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Anyone who understands anything about baseball would take issue with sliding into first base.

      It takes longer to slide than it does to run at full speed to a base you can overrun, and the only reason to ever slide anyway is to avoid a tag or break up a throw.

      • nymets4ever - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM


        I know exactly why sliding into 1st base is a bad play. Craig was talking about how he’d run his team as far as sliding, diving, etc., and my point was that those things would be irrelevent if he had a team anyway, since all he cares about is balloon-headed squeaky-voiced needle-pushers who hit home runs and strike out all day.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM


        Then I’m sorry for misreading your dumb comment.

  5. atribecalledquestec - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Adam Jones was asked about this, and said: “You look like a jackass when you slide head first into first base.”

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      one thumb up for the comment, a thousand thumbs up for the username

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM


  6. jm91rs - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Hamilton was having a good start to the season. Not what he needed.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    It would be one thing if this was coming from a guy with a reputation for durability. Perhaps Bobby Abreu can be brought in as a special coach for Hamilton (and Harper). The guy may have seemed a little apathetic at times, but he was on the field every d@mn day. There is value in that

  8. rcali - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Angel management better hope he learns from this mistake. 2014: $17 million, 2015: $35 million, 2016: $32 million, 2017: $32 million. That being said Angel management hasn’t learned from their own mistakes with these contracts.

  9. carpi2 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Didn’t they prove a runner has a better chance of being safe, when running through the base, as opposed to sliding?

    • peymax1693 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Yes, but that would imply that Josh Hamilton has the mental acuity to: (1) understand the principle of cause and effect; and (2) apply that principle to base running.

  10. peymax1693 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Josh Hamilton is the quintessential athlete with a “million dollar body and a ten cent brain.”

    Unfortunately, the 10 cent brain causes Mr. Hamilton to engage in conduct that appears to be substantially devaluing his million dollar body at an alarming rate.

    Or, in other words, you can’t fix stupid.

  11. jcmeyer10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Only took one day to hear about this and it took an entire season to hear about Pedey’s thumb.

  12. djandujar - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Maybe he just wanted to hear “crack!”.

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