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One can only hope he was wearing a cup.
Wednesday night’s Angels-Ranger game turned out to be a snoozer, with Texas jumping out to a big early lead on Angels rookie Michael Roth and never looking back. But for home plate umpire John Hirshbeck, the game featured one of the worst instances in a long line of taking pitches and foul tips off his body.
With Angels reliever Nick Maronde pitching pitching to veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Maronde threw an inside fastball far off the plate. Pierzynski actually started and checked his swing, somehow barely getting a piece of it, but that was enough of a redirection to elude the glove of catcher Chris Iannetta.
Since we now know there was no serious injury, we can laugh at Hirschbeck’s misfortune with the glee of Homer Simpson. So, enjoy a man getting hit by a baseball in the groin and immediately toppling over in the video below.
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Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck was in the line of fire on Wednesday night, and his manly region got the worst end of a foul ball.
A.J. Pierzynski was up in the fourth inning of the Texas Rangers-LA Angels game and checked his swing on a pitch from Nick Maronde. He fouled the ball off, and it appeared to go into the dirt before jumping up and nailing Hirschbeck in the groin. The...
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