Not everyone is a genius…just ask the Philadelphia Phillies’ reliever Ryan Madson. After blowing a save to the San Francisco Giants, Madson kicked a chair in disgust and wound up breaking a toe, forcing him to have surgery and will now miss several weeks. With this instance of genius fresh in our minds, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look at the top ten dumbest baseball injuries (sorry Plaxico, baseball only):
Steve Sparks – This one is my personal favorite…. After listening to a motivational speaker, Sparks got so amped up he decided to rip a phone book in half. While doing so, Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to perform this Herculean feat. Good one.
Marty Cordova – One might think that a baseball player getting a sun burn was inevitable. I mean you spend all summer out in the sun for hours on end…it was going to happen. Just not like this…. Cordova wound up getting sun burned courtesy of a tanning bed. All I can say is if I was on his team at the time, I’d be flicking his arms non stop!
Joel Zumaya – This one is high up my list because of what he used to hurt himself. While in the midst of a pennant race, Zumaya pulled up flaccid to the finish line with a sore wrist thanks to playing Guitar Hero. I’m just hoping he did that on expert mode and not beginner….
John Smoltz – I’m guessing Smoltz was never into laundry or ironing…. Smoltz burned himself while ironing his shirt. The best part about this was that he was wearing the shirt at the time he was ironing it. Let’s all be grateful it wasn’t his hat.
Carlos Quentin – Pulling a page out of the Kevin Brown book of Anger Management, Quentin smacked his bat in frustration, causing him to miss extended time with a fractured wrist.
Jeff Kent – Back in 2002, Kent broke his wrist during the pre season while “washing his car”…and by washing his car, he meant riding his motorcycle. The reason for him blaming the injury on a dirty car was that riding his bike was a direct violation of his contract. Good thinking.
Adam Eaton – We all know how hard it is to get a DVD out of the plastic shrink wrap they come in, but Eaton took things to a whole new level. While opening his DVD with a knife, Eaton stabbed himself in the stomach. I guess that’s why they always tell you to cut away from yourself….
Moises Alou – Considering how many times Alou was hurt over the course of his career, odds were in his favor to have a freak injury. While healing up from an injury, Alou (which is Spanish for Disabled List) ran over his son on his bicycle and in the process actually made Shawn Kemp seem like a good dad.
Sammy Sosa – He missed time after he hurt his back while sneezing. Enough said.
Wade Boggs – Boggs hurt his back while putting his cowboy boots on. I seriously couldn’t make these up….