Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/15/13
The lesson here is to always wear your cup, kids. Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins had a bad day Wednesday. Not only did New York lose to L.A. 5-4 in 12 innings by giving up two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game, but Hawkins gave up those two runs on an Andre Ethier home run. Not only did Hawkins yield that home run to Ethier, but one batter prior, pitching to Jerry Hairston Jr., Hawkins took a comebacker off a very sensitive part of his body. “It was a direct hit — no cup,” Hawkins told reporters after the game. “When I lifted my leg, I could feel my [testicles] in my throat, but I thought I could get through it. I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts.” Hawkins was in so much pain after the game that he could barely walk. In fact, two hours after the game ended, Hawkins had to literally be carried to the team bus, according to MLB.com Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo. Check out Hawkins’ misfortune in the GIF below. GIF via MLBgifs.com   Filed under: Headlines, MLB, New York Mets, Offbeat, Zach Stoloff

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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