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(Sporting News)   Much like Lance Armstong's girlfriend, Braves' Jason Hayward takes a ball to the chin   (sportingnews.com) divider line 27
    More: Scary, Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves, Mets, Jon Niese, Fredi Gonzalez, Jordan Schafer, chins, chews  
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2013-08-21 09:18:02 PM
A scary moment.  It's a good thing no one was there to see it.
 
2013-08-21 09:33:50 PM
Take your base!
 
2013-08-21 09:46:30 PM
Well, the Met's haven't been able to do much damage to the Braves in the standings...
 
2013-08-21 10:11:41 PM
Farking Mets. He's out for the remainder of the season now.
 
2013-08-21 11:02:11 PM
content.hollywire.com
 
2013-08-21 11:05:35 PM
I don't know if the white space between the headline and the first paragraph is supposed to be white space, a spot for an ad (which would be blocked by the ad-blocking add-on for my browser, an add-on whose name starts with "Ad," ends with "Block" and rhymes with "Pad-Clock") or a spot for a video (which would be blocked for reasons unknown to me, although it may be that ad-blocking software blocking the video).

If it is a video, then I'm kinda glad I can't see it, since it seems unpleasant.

/testicle
 
2013-08-21 11:05:42 PM

wholedamnshow: Farking Mets. He's out for the remainder of the season now.


Regular season. Not ideal, but should be back by playoffs
 
2013-08-21 11:12:28 PM
Those mets won't stop until they crush the bones of every last brave!

The only one who will come out alive will be gattis, and he can not play all the positions.
 
2013-08-21 11:18:06 PM
Whipping a ball at 95mph is quite a skill.
 
2013-08-21 11:22:47 PM

Crackers Don't Matter: Those mets won't stop until they crush the bones of every last brave!

The only one who will come out alive will be gattis, and he can not play all the positions.


Unrelated, but my wife keeps calling Gattis "Osso bucco". I'm not sure if she is messing with me or not.
 
2013-08-21 11:28:49 PM

Kelwen: Crackers Don't Matter: Those mets won't stop until they crush the bones of every last brave!

The only one who will come out alive will be gattis, and he can not play all the positions.

Unrelated, but my wife keeps calling Gattis "Osso bucco". I'm not sure if she is messing with me or not.


Hah! Love it
 
2013-08-21 11:59:29 PM
+1 for Subby.
 
2013-08-22 12:03:28 AM

The_Sponge: +1 for Subby.


Whomever that brilliant bastard is. *cough cough*
 
2013-08-22 12:34:31 AM
Subtard is dumb as fark.
 
2013-08-22 12:48:38 AM

rickythepenguin: The_Sponge: +1 for Subby.

Whomever that brilliant bastard is. *cough cough*


Made me larf.

/easily amused
 
2013-08-22 01:38:43 AM

rickythepenguin: The_Sponge: +1 for Subby.

Whomever that brilliant bastard is. *cough cough*



Well damn....I wish I could give you a +10.
 
2013-08-22 02:03:59 AM

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2013-08-22 05:54:06 AM
Why did he greinke him? Was he trying to impress dumpster and get a paid vacation from the mets?
 
2013-08-22 06:47:51 AM
Isn't he married to sheryl crow or did they get divorced?

/no, I don't feel like googling it.
 
2013-08-22 11:03:21 AM

abhorrent1: Isn't he married to sheryl crow or did they get divorced?

/no, I don't feel like googling it.


Divorced
 
2013-08-22 11:49:47 AM
There's pretty much nothing that can convince me that this wasn't intentional. You don't just happen to accidentally hit the lead off hitter of your biggest rival team in the farking face with a fastball. The pitcher didn't even seem concerned by it. Also, Subby, you spelled his name wrong. It's Heyward.
 
2013-08-22 01:26:19 PM

FarFarAway: The pitcher didn't even seem concerned by it


Actually, he seemed quite concerned. He gave up two straight hits right after it and was out of the game shortly afterwards.

The announcers even commented on how he just looked like he wasn't really in to the game after that.
 
2013-08-22 05:07:40 PM

FarFarAway: There's pretty much nothing that can convince me that this wasn't intentional. You don't just happen to accidentally hit the lead off hitter of your biggest rival team in the farking face with a fastball. The pitcher didn't even seem concerned by it. Also, Subby, you spelled his name wrong. It's Heyward.


The pitch wasn't even that far up and in.  Heyward's head moved almost a foot towards the plate and down after the pitch was thrown.

Niese is known for having a big curveball.  Heyward almost certainly mistook the pitch for a curve for a half second, leaned in to stay on the pitch, and got hit.  Niese was clearly upset and tapped his glove to his chest in a "my bad" sort of gesture as Heyward was being helped off.

Also, "omg he was the leadoff hitter!" means almost nothing here.  Heyward's one of Atlanta's better players, but nobody cares about a leadoff hitter in terms of message sending or whatever.
 
2013-08-22 05:21:37 PM

Dafatone: FarFarAway: There's pretty much nothing that can convince me that this wasn't intentional. You don't just happen to accidentally hit the lead off hitter of your biggest rival team in the farking face with a fastball. The pitcher didn't even seem concerned by it. Also, Subby, you spelled his name wrong. It's Heyward.

The pitch wasn't even that far up and in.  Heyward's head moved almost a foot towards the plate and down after the pitch was thrown.

Niese is known for having a big curveball.  Heyward almost certainly mistook the pitch for a curve for a half second, leaned in to stay on the pitch, and got hit.  Niese was clearly upset and tapped his glove to his chest in a "my bad" sort of gesture as Heyward was being helped off.

Also, "omg he was the leadoff hitter!" means almost nothing here.  Heyward's one of Atlanta's better players, but nobody cares about a leadoff hitter in terms of message sending or whatever.


Heyward didn't move his face into the strike zone, which is pretty much the only way that the pitch would be understandable. That ball had no business being that high. And I'm sorry, but tapping your glove in a "my bad" gesture is a thoroughly underwhelming response to an accident like that. The guy that broke Hudson's ankle was WAY more distraught, and what he did wasn't of the same magnitude at all. Heyward was on a hot streak, offensively and defensively, and now he's out for the rest of the regular season, at least, all because of that pitch.
 
2013-08-22 05:36:14 PM

FarFarAway: Dafatone: FarFarAway: There's pretty much nothing that can convince me that this wasn't intentional. You don't just happen to accidentally hit the lead off hitter of your biggest rival team in the farking face with a fastball. The pitcher didn't even seem concerned by it. Also, Subby, you spelled his name wrong. It's Heyward.

The pitch wasn't even that far up and in.  Heyward's head moved almost a foot towards the plate and down after the pitch was thrown.

Niese is known for having a big curveball.  Heyward almost certainly mistook the pitch for a curve for a half second, leaned in to stay on the pitch, and got hit.  Niese was clearly upset and tapped his glove to his chest in a "my bad" sort of gesture as Heyward was being helped off.

Also, "omg he was the leadoff hitter!" means almost nothing here.  Heyward's one of Atlanta's better players, but nobody cares about a leadoff hitter in terms of message sending or whatever.

Heyward didn't move his face into the strike zone, which is pretty much the only way that the pitch would be understandable. That ball had no business being that high. And I'm sorry, but tapping your glove in a "my bad" gesture is a thoroughly underwhelming response to an accident like that. The guy that broke Hudson's ankle was WAY more distraught, and what he did wasn't of the same magnitude at all. Heyward was on a hot streak, offensively and defensively, and now he's out for the rest of the regular season, at least, all because of that pitch.


Really?  The only way a pitch that's up and in is understandable is if it's in the strike zone?

Really?

So a pitcher can't throw up and in unless it's in the strike zone?

Niese obviously missed where he was aiming with the pitch.  But Heyward's head moved about a foot towards the ball from the release to when he got hit.  The only two explanations for that are either Heyward was trying to put his head in the way of the pitch or that Heyward misread the pitch pretty badly.  It's the latter.
 
2013-08-22 05:49:11 PM

Dafatone: Really?  The only way a pitch that's up and in is understandable is if it's in the strike zone?

Really?

So a pitcher can't throw up and in unless it's in the strike zone?

Niese obviously missed where he was aiming with the pitch.  But Heyward's head moved about a foot towards the ball from the release to when he got hit.  The only two explanations for that are either Heyward was trying to put his head in the way of the pitch or that Heyward misread the pitch pretty badly.  It's the latter.


Generally when the catcher has to stand up to catch the pitch, it's considered a badly thrown pitch. Since, you know, the ball is supposed to cross the plate in a certain area, if you're trying to play the game well. That pitch was high, much higher than it should have been. You admit yourself that Niese obviously missed where he was aiming, and in the same breath blame Heyward for putting his head in the way of the pitch. You can't have it both ways. Either it didn't go where the pitcher intended, and therefore where the batter was expecting it to be, and that's why the accident happened, or, the pitch went where it intended and Heyward moved his head into the path of the pitch.If the pitch was going where it was supposed to, his head wouldn't have been anywhere near it. None of it changes the fact that the pitcher had a very minimal response to what he did, either.

And if your next step is to argue that it's Heyward's fault for not getting out of the way fast enough once he realized the ball wasn't changing path, let's stand you up and throw 96 mph fastballs at you and see how good you are at dodging them when they don't follow reasonable trajectories.
 
2013-08-22 05:57:32 PM

FarFarAway: Dafatone: Really?  The only way a pitch that's up and in is understandable is if it's in the strike zone?

Really?

So a pitcher can't throw up and in unless it's in the strike zone?

Niese obviously missed where he was aiming with the pitch.  But Heyward's head moved about a foot towards the ball from the release to when he got hit.  The only two explanations for that are either Heyward was trying to put his head in the way of the pitch or that Heyward misread the pitch pretty badly.  It's the latter.

Generally when the catcher has to stand up to catch the pitch, it's considered a badly thrown pitch. Since, you know, the ball is supposed to cross the plate in a certain area, if you're trying to play the game well. That pitch was high, much higher than it should have been. You admit yourself that Niese obviously missed where he was aiming, and in the same breath blame Heyward for putting his head in the way of the pitch. You can't have it both ways. Either it didn't go where the pitcher intended, and therefore where the batter was expecting it to be, and that's why the accident happened, or, the pitch went where it intended and Heyward moved his head into the path of the pitch.If the pitch was going where it was supposed to, his head wouldn't have been anywhere near it. None of it changes the fact that the pitcher had a very minimal response to what he did, either.

And if your next step is to argue that it's Heyward's fault for not getting out of the way fast enough once he realized the ball wasn't changing path, let's stand you up and throw 96 mph fastballs at you and see how good you are at dodging them when they don't follow reasonable trajectories.


I'm not blaming Heyward.  I'm just saying what happened.  He thought it was a curveball for a split second, leaned in to stay on it, and couldn't jump out of the way in time.  It's awful that he got hurt, and I'm certainly not saying anything like "serves him right."  But that's what happened.  There's no way Niese was trying to hit him and put the tying runner on, in his 2nd start back after a DL stint that was months long.

We seem to be in agreement now that Niese didn't mean to throw the pitch there.  Sometimes pitchers miss their spot, and sometimes they miss by a lot.  Between that and Heyward misreading the ball, we're in "freak accident" territory.

I'm not too concerned about Niese's reaction.  He admitted some amount of fault, and didn't act like a dick in any way.  Unlike the Tim Hudson / Eric Young Jr accident, Niese still had to think about facing the next hitter, so maybe he doesn't want to leave the mound or get too distracted.  Pitching's weird.
 
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