By Joe McDonald at 15 August, 2013, 3:06 pm
Major League Baseball players who don't wear protective cups, guys like New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, must know they are taking a calculated risk. They do it for physical comfort because, even in this day and age of advanced engineering, cups can feel cumbersome *down there*.
Well, Hawkins won the lottery in the worst possible way Wednesday night. Pitching against Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning, Hawkins fielded a sharp grounder back to the mound with his unprotected groin.
And it hurt. A lot.
Hawkins managed to pick up the ball and throw out Hairston at first. With Andre Ethier coming to bat as a pinch hitter, Dodgers staff went to check on Hawkins. Later in the New York Daily News , he said:
“I thought I could get through it,” said Hawkins, who took two warm-up pitches with trainer Ray Ramirez, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen all watching before facing Ethier.
Regardless, Ethier hit a tying two-run home run, and Mets would fall 4-2 in 12 innings. Afterward, Hawkins offered this PG-rated quote about how it felt: