Bizarre baseball injuries happen every season, whether it is Tom Glavine purging his airline food and injuring his ribs, Jeff Kent falling off of his motorcycle, Garrett Jones choking on a piece of meat, or Jeff Baker burning his ass after trying to light a fart on fire in the Cubs’ clubhouse.
They are part of the game just as much as the game itself.
After the Baltimore Orioles season finale on Sunday, Brian Roberts finally addressed the media as to why he hadn’t played since September 27th. His explanation? That he hit himself in the helmet with his own bat and had been experiencing concussion-like symptoms since.
I don’t know 100 percent sure, but it was Monday night. In frustration [after a strikeout], I whacked myself on the head with my bat in the ninth. I had my helmet on. It’s something I’ve done a million times, but I still can’t tell you for sure if that was it. But that’s the only thing that I can point to because that night and the next morning, I just didn’t feel good. So it’s been going on since then. I’ve never had concussion-like symptoms in my life; it’s not fun. It’s not something you want to go through every day, that’s for sure. It’s a lesson to myself, a lesson to the kids to not do that, no matter how frustrated you are.
Roberts is set to undergo a CT Scan today to determine the cause of his dizziness and lightheadedness, as well as determine the extent of any possible injuries.
His injury reminds me of Carlos Quentin’s broken wrist from two years ago, after he knocked the bat with his hand between pitches; like Roberts, he was doing something that was a part of his everyday baseball mannerisms.