Found July 09, 2013 on Fox Sports:
PLAYERS: Joey Chestnut
Jamming hot dogs down one's throat for the sake of winning a contest -- it's become an Independence Day tradition almost as American as fireworks and cookouts. But apparently it is an endeavor best left for the pros -- one college pitcher nearly died doing his Joey Chestnut imitation late last month. Brian Read is a sophomore at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Miss. He is currently pitching for the Seacoast Mavericks, a collegiate summer baseball team in Portsmouth, NH. A cardinal rule of pitchers is not coming out of the stretch too early. On June 30, Read started a different body motion a little early, and the Grim Reaper nearly called him for a balk. "I started swallowing prematurely," he told . Turns out Read was not properly chewing the hot dog he was racing to eat as part of a one-dog eating contest during the seventh-inning stretch of a Mavs game. He placed last, vomited and soon found himself unable to swallow anything, including water and his own saliva. The next day Read called a doctor to complain that his throat didn't work. They gave him the good stuff -- morphine -- hoping to relax him so much the obstruction would clear on its own. Turned out they just needed to go down in there with the tools and when they did, they pulled out a 1.5-inch length of unchewed, undigested hot dog. Finally, Read got to swallow again. "I don't think a simple drink of water has ever tasted so good," he said.

College baseball player suffers terrible hot dog eating experience

Apparently, Joey Chestnut has inspired other eaters to eat hot dogs as fast he does. However, a recent eating contest involving a collegiate summer league baseball team turned dangerous after one of the player's plan to not chew his food backfired terribly.Brian Read, a pitcher for the Seacoast Mavericks, was trying to win the hot dog eating competition by using a strategy that...

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Year in and year out, Joey Chestnut makes the hot dog eating contest look so easy. Brian Read, a 19-year-old college baseball player spending his summer playing for the Seacoast Mavericks would disagree.  After participating in a hot dog eating contest — which only tested who could eat one hot dog and bun the fastest without water – for charity on Sunday, Read felt some uncomfortable...
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