Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 172: Finally... A Hockey-Tough Baseball Player

Remember back in the NHL playoffs when Boston Bruins' forward, Gregory Campbell, fell victim to a Pittsburgh Penguins slap shot rocket that broke his leg? And remember how he continued to play almost a whole minute to finish out his shift with the broken leg? You think to yourself... holy shit, that's one tough hombre, right? Cleary, hockey players are just born tough.

But then you flip over to a baseball game and OH MA GAWD, the pitcher has a hangnail and ends up on the 15-day DL. Call the whaaaaaambulance! Red Sox pitcher, Clay Buchholz, missed over three months of the season with a crick in his neck. But lo and behold, I have found a baseball play with hockey toughness. It's a Christmas miracle!

The New York Mets' shortstop, Ruben Tejada, might be the biggest bad ass in all of the Major Leagues. For real. During the ninth inning of the Mets' 5-4 victory over the Giants on Wednesday night, Tejada was chasing down a pop-up into short left field and collided with the left fielder. Both of these guys were sprinting to the ball and when the left fielder went low to try and get out of the way, their legs got tangled.

The 24-year-old infielder got back up on his feet, shook it off and headed back to shortstop. It wasn't until later he learned he broke his right fibula in the collision. What the...? When you watch the video in regular speed, it looks like no big deal. But when you slow it down, you can see when the break occurs. Take a look... and don't worry, it's definitely not Joe-Theismann-bad.

Check out the video HERE.

Lucky (I guess) for Tejada there will be no post season play for the Mets so he'll have plenty of time to heal up before the start of the 2014 season.

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