Brandon Inge Of The Tigers Injures Himself Lifting A Pillow
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Despite What You May Think, Pillows Are Vicious Instruments Of Pain

6/25/08 in MLB   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


Brandon Inge has kind of been sucking something fierce this year for the Tigers. He's hitting a whopping .215 and is only being used as a utility man. This is of course after he had an offseason fit about Miguel Cabrera getting traded to Detroit to steal his primary position.

So maybe, just maybe, he's gotten fed up and has decided to pack it in.

Inge has been placed on the disabled list after he - get this - injured himself moving his three-year-old's pillow.

I liked Jim Leyland's response the best:
"That's a first."
Can't disagree with Jim there. Apparently Inge already had a sore oblique muscle, and the vicious pillow sent it over the edge. Now see here's my question. Even if this story is true, why would you ever admit it? It's one of the stupidest injuries I've ever heard of. Just say you got into a bar fight with a homeless, knife-wielding lunatic.

Obviously Inge's injury allows me to recall some of the weirdest injuries in sports history. Here we go:
  • Mariana Camargo of Oral Roberts' women's basketball team, and their best player, tears her ACL during the opening tip-off of an NCAA Tournament game when she slips on a University of Tennessee placard.
  • St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman injured his knee when he was run over by the animated field tarp apparatus before the 1985 World Series.
  • Sacramento Kings rookie Lionel Simmons missed some games during the 1991 season when he developed tendinitis in his right wrist from playing too many video games, primarily Nintendo GameBoy.
  • Ken Griffey Jr. once missed a game for the Mariners when he pinched himself with his protective cup.
  • Tom Glavine, then with the Atlanta Braves, broke a rib when he threw up an in-flight meal on an airplane.
  • Arizona kicker Bill Gramatica suffered a season-ending injury when he tore his ACL celebrating a successful field goal.
  • Hall of Famer George Brett broke his toe when he tripped running from the kitchen to the living room to watch a baseball game replay of himself on TV.
  • Sammy Sosa had to go on injured reserve when he hurt his back while sneezing.
  • David Cone missed a start when his mother-in-law's dog bit him.
  • Nolan Ryan once missed a start because he was bitten by a coyote.
  • Washington QB Gus Ferotte was taken to the hospital with a jammed neck after he head-butted the end zone concrete wall while celebrating a touchdown.
  • Tony Gwynn fractured a finger when he slammed his car door on his hand.
  • Boston's Craig Grebeck had to leave a game after rubbing his eye with a finger that had stick-em on it.
  • Back in the 70s, Norwegian International defender Svein Grondalen had to withdraw from an International after an accident which happened while he was out jogging. He collided with a moose.
  • Soccer player David Seaman once broke a bone reaching for his TV remote
  • In 1970 the career of Brentford's goalie Chic Brodie was ended by injury following a mid-match collision with a dog that had invaded the pitch.
  • Soccer player Milan Rapaic once missed the start of Hajduk Split's season after sticking his boarding-pass in his eye at the airport.
  • Indonesian star Mistar, 25, was tragically killed by a herd of pigs that invaded his team's training pitch before a Cup fixture in 1995.
  • And we can never forget Felix Pie of the Cubs, who suffered a twisted testicle (which required surgery).
God speed, Brandon. May your oblique heal quickly so that you can get injured by more manly things, like stuffed animals and cotton candy.
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6/30/08   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
I'm going to be honest with everyone, I didn't use every injury out there. Otherwise this list would have never ended. Although Griese tripping on the dog i probably should have kept on here.

My favorite is the guy running into the moose. Classic.

The moose incident is by far the best. What do you tell your team doctor?

 

I cant play at the international...

 

Doc: Why not?

 

I ran into a moose yesterday

6/26/08   |   Lobotomy Jones   |   7573 respect

Can't forget Glenallen Hill who beat himself up in his sleep while dreaming about spiders.

6/26/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

beerstudk wrote:
You also forgot when Brian Griese tripped over his dog and hurt his knee.

I'm going to be honest with everyone, I didn't use every injury out there. Otherwise this list would have never ended. Although Griese tripping on the dog i probably should have kept on here.

My favorite is the guy running into the moose. Classic.

6/26/08   |   Scott Senay

I feel his pain, I slept at an unnamed hotel last weekend(Homewood Suites-by Hilton) and the pillows were so fluffly that I couldn't turn my head the next day. 
Honestly, is there really a need for three foot high pillows?

6/26/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

You also forgot when Brian Griese tripped over his dog and hurt his knee.

6/25/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

beerstudk wrote:
You forgot the pitcher that got tendanitis in his trowing elbow while he was playing 'Guitar Hero'!

Supposedly he got another one from doing a keg stand.

All I can say is............HERO.

6/25/08   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

beerstudk wrote:
You forgot the pitcher that got tendanitis in his trowing elbow while he was playing 'Guitar Hero'!

Joel Zumaya

6/25/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

You forgot the pitcher that got tendanitis in his trowing elbow while he was playing 'Guitar Hero'!

6/25/08   |   RichmondSpider

He's lucky he didn't reach for a Kleenex, those are the WORST injuries around...