I don’t want to rag on baseball players too much (since guys in “tough” sports like football experience freak injuries as well) but it’s hard not to roll your eyes when you hear about Torii Hunter and the Case of the Tight Shoes.
Hunter is listed as “day-to-day” on the injury report because of the following (via CBS):
The Detroit right fielder left Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning because of a sore left Achilles. Hunter says the problem was caused by dress shoes that were too tight…
He said he said he recently bought shoes that “might have been a little tight on the Achilles.”
“A little sore the whole game,” he said.
There are a few problems with this:
1. Torii Hunter, aren’t you super rich? Shouldn’t you have only the finest Italian footwear?
2. Your shoes were so tight that it actually affected you for days? How sensitive are those dogs of yours?
3. Repeat questions 1 and 2 ad infinitum because come on, man.
It’s moments like this that you realize what a fragile thing sports success can be. Accidents like Tim Hudson’s ankle-breaking injury can derail a season — both real and fantasy. If Hunter actually misses time because of this (he is expected to play Friday), maybe you miss out on a few key points and end up losing in your fantasy league. All because some shoes were a little tight. Ah, the irony of fate.
So where does this stack up in the pantheon of strangest sports injuries?
Hunter photo via Getty