Found August 16, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
After 3-4 consecutive seasons of bullpen failures and a couple of unsuccessful revamps and overhauls by Sandy Alderson in 2011 and 2012, it looks like the Mets have finally turned a corner and figured things out this season. In doing so they’ve also uncovered a few potential keepers for 2014 and beyond, some of them developed through our system and others who were key acquisitions straight from the scrap heap. One such find has been Gonzalez Germen, who recorded the final six outs in last night’s 4-1 win against the San Diego Padres to notch his first major league save. It was a big moment for Germen who plans to give the game ball to his mother. Germen stepped in for LaTroy Hawkins who was unavailable due to a sore groin. Hawkins too, has been a key cog in this now very effective bullpen. Since July 1, the Mets pen has a 2.10 ERA (30 earned runs/128.2 innings), ranking third in the majors. New York’s pen has a 1.83 ERA (seven earned runs/34.1 innings) this month, the sixth-best mar...

LaTroy Hawkins Took a Baseball Directly To The Groin And It Wasn’t Pretty

LaTroy Hawkins of the Mets took a comebacker from Jerry Hairston of the Dodgers directly in a place where no man hopes to ever have to be hit. The incident occurred during the 8th inning of the Dodgers 5-4 win over the Mets in extra innings. LaTroy was ‘fine’ following the direct shot, but took to Twitter after the game to let folks know that it was truly a direct hit. ...

Mets' LaTroy Hawkins still in pain, 'Won't be wearing a cup'

After 20 years of playing Major League Baseball without wearing a cup, New York Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins insists that he still will not wear one -- even after taking a direct hit.'s Anthony DiComo reports that Hawkins missed Thursday night's game with the San Diego Padres due to pain and discomfort in the groin area suffered when the Dodgers' Jerry Hairston...

LaTroy Hawkins takes comebacker to the... you know where

You think you had a bad day at work? Check out what happened to Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins. That's right, it hit him exactly where you think it did. And to make matters worse, Hawkins gave up a game-tying, two-run homer after taking the “direct hit” on a comebacker to his groin. The veteran righthander said he was not wearing a protective cup and it felt like...

LaTroy Hawkins Hit in Groin Without Cup, Unable to Walk to Mets’ Bus After Game (GIF)

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...

Despite not being able to walk to Mets bus following ball to the nuts, LaTroy Hawkins shuns cup

Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins took one off the balls while the Mets were being swept in LA. No cup, LH had to be carried to the team bus. So he's being fitted for a cup, right? Nope: “I never have, I never will,” Hawkins said. “I tried it a couple of times in the minor leagues. It wasn’t comfortable. I’ve thrown a lot of innings. I’ve been in a lot of ballgames...

LaTroy Hawkins hit in nuts by comebacker, says, ‘I feel like I got kicked by a mule’ (GIF)

Yamma hamma. New York Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins has done an admirable job in the closer role for the team, subbing in for injured regular Bobby Parnell. But Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was an excruciating experience on many, many fronts. Mostly on the crotchal region front. Coming in in the ninth inning […]The post LaTroy Hawkins hit in nuts by comebacker...

Alderson Hints That d’Arnaud May Stick With Team Permanently

John Buck is leaving for New York City after learning that his wife has gone into labor. The couple are expecting the birth of their third child. This should pave the way for the debut of Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud during this weekend series against the San Diego Padres. D’Arnaud is a California native so it should be doubly special for him. Anthony Recker will...

Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins hit in groin by grounder (GIF)

New York Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins was hit directly in the groin by a ground ball during the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game in Los Angeles. Hawkins was called on to close the game for the Mets in the ninth with a 4-2 lead. With a man on first and one out, Dodgers batter Jerry Hairston Jr. hit the grounder up the middle that nailed Hawkins square in the crotch....

Here is your stunned LaTroy Hawkins reaction GIF

You just gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Andre Ethier, your thoughts, LaTroy Hawkins? Yup.

LaTroy Hawkins fields a ball with his groin, apparently without a cup

At least he had a cup, right? Nope. Apparently he wasn't wearing a cup. — Anthony Jackson (@dodgerscribe) August 15, 2013 1) The way the ball just deadens after it hits him … ow. 2) It looks like he’s laying an egg.

Travis d’Arnaud finally gets the call

Newsflash! The Mets have called up their top hitting prospect and the prized return on their R.A.Dickey trade this past off-season, Travis d’Arnaud. We may be playing without David Wright and Bobby Parnell but we’ve just promoted a most significant piece of our future. The promotion, of course, was triggered by John Buck’s paternity leave this weekend. Sandy Alderson has...

Ryan Hanigan Takes A Foul Ball To The Cubes, Men Everywhere Cringe

If you ever questioned why baseball players wear cups, yesterday is a good indicator. LaTroy Hawkins wasn’t the first guy to take a foul ball right to the pocket rocket last night. Nope, that distinction belongs to Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan versus the Chicago Cubs. On a 2-1 pitch, Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo, with no regard for his position mate’s peas and carrot, achieved...

This Might Explain Things

Things were going nicely ... the Mets had a 4-2 lead. Then SNY decided to show Orel Hershisher strike out Howard Johnson in Game 7 of the '88 NLCS ... on my 18th birthday ... like they do every year when the Mets visit Dodger Stadium. This marks the 25th anniversary of that monstrosity, so maybe they'll retire that video once and for all. Unfortunately in its place, they...
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