Every time we post one of these the father in me shakes his head and thinks that the guy in question is a moron for risking his kid’s safety for a baseball. Then someone else comes out and says “hey, the kid is fine, quite worrying.” I’d love to see the percentage of folks who say stuff like that are parents too, but I suppose that gets us into the sorts of arguments that go beyond baseball.
But really, you’re an idiot if you risk injuring your kid to get a baseball.
Anyway, the latest example came last night in the Angels-Sox game following Albert Pujols’ homer. And yes, my assessment of idiocy applies even if it’s a home run ball from a future Hall of Famer like Albert Pujols.
There was some thought that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would soon be activated from the injured list. Stanton has been out since the beginning of April due to biceps and shoulder injuries. It will be a little while longer.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Stanton’s rehab has been halted due to tightness in his left calf. Stanton was scratched from Tuesday’s rehab game with High-A Tampa due to tightness around his left calf and knee, so this news didn’t pop up out of nowhere.
Stanton recorded a pair of singles and seven walks in 15 trips to the plate in the only three games he played this season, all against the Orioles. Durability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old, but he managed to play in 159 games for the Marlins in 2017 and 158 for the Yankees last year. He’s in the fifth year of a 13-year, $325 million contract originally signed with the Marlins.