Showing posts with label funny injuries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label funny injuries. Show all posts

Friday, August 10, 2012

Flashback Friday: Glenallen Hill's Freak Injury

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The 2012 Toronto Blue Jays are one of the most banged up, if not the most banged up roster in franchise history. It's a familiar scenario; just when it looks like another player couldn't possibly go on the DL, they do.

At a certain point, this Blue Jays season has transformed from a tragedy into a comedy. And as unfortunate as these myriad of injuries have been, next season we'll probably look back and laugh at how comical all these injuries were.

Despite the irregular number of injuries to the Blue Jays this season, most of them have been relatively routine in nature. But there's one freak accident in Blue Jays franchise history that tops them all.

For this week's Flashback Friday, we take a look back at Glenallen Hill's very odd DL stint in 1990. Hill may not have contributed very much on the field during his short tenure with the Blue Jays, but perhaps his biggest contribution was to the folklore of the oddest injuries in baseball history.

Glenallen Hill landed himself on the disabled list because he woke from a nightmare about spiders chasing him, and in a frightened semiconscious state, he fell through a glass table and suffered scrapes and bruises on his feet, knees and elbows.

It sounds like an excuse story worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, but Glenallen Hill assured everyone it did in fact happen. In fact, he even offered to bring reporters to his home to see the blood stains to assure them he wasn't making it up.

Apparently Hill had a fear of spiders, which precipitated the injury even more. But when asked about the incident, Glenallen didn't attribute it to his fear of eight-legged insects, though:
"I'm uneasy with spiders, but I don't think it's spiders that caused that nightmare. It might've been diet, might've been stress ... more of a sleeping disorder.

Spiders just happened to be what I dreamt about that night. It could've been about a car that kept running over me. It could've been about ... you know, caterpillars."
The timing of the injury coincided with the year which the film "Arachnophobia" was released in theatres during the summer of 1990. Glenallen was actually asked not long thereafter about his review of Arachnophobia.

He ultimately gave the film two out of four stars, but called it "another insect movie ... a creature feature Saturday special."

Even long after the cuts and scrapes healed, Glenallen Hill still couldn't shake his infamous injury. Hill became affectionately known as "Spiderman" for years after his stay with the Blue Jays.

Everybody's afraid of something; whether it's flying, public speaking, heights, or in the case of Glenallen Hill, spiders. And frankly, if I woke up from a nightmare where I was trapped at the top of a Ferris wheel, I'd probably freak out too.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Humourous Tales of Injury

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Over the past few years, the Jays and Tigers have had their fair share of tragically humorous injuries.

Jays hurler Brandon League once got roughed up in the off season hanging too much ten in Hawaii. Tigers’ Utility man Brandon Inge suffered a pulled oblique this season trying to reach for a pillow. And possibly the funniest of them all, is Joel Zumaya’s wrist and forearm inflammation due to an obsession with Guitar Hero (either that or pounding off too many knuckle children).

Though not quite as funny, Scott Downs twisted his ankle last night while jogging backwards after a routine play. Downs is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated today - which means he’s probably headed to the 15 day DL at least.

Thanks to Brandon League for not totally fucking up and blowing the game with a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th. For a while there I was having flashbacks to last year’s late-inning collapse at Comerica Park. Thankfully, history did not repeat itself.

Bring on the afternoon game, and get out your brooms as the Jays go for the sweep in Detroit!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Stupid Fingernail

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Not since Joel Zumaya’s “Guitar Hero” injury has this much attention been paid to one sole finger. After slamming his finger in a car door, it sounds like A.J. Burnett will be without his curveball throwing abilities for at least 10 days.

Burnett apparently even went so far as to visit a manicurist to see if he could get another nail glued on, as to speed up the healing process. So I’m guessing no one else on the Jays has questioned why A.J.’s cuticles are so nicely manicured, after his visit to the manicurist? It was to check out a torn nail … riiight!

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