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Mar 06

Weirdest injuries in sports history

Last week, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett accidentally bunted a ball off his face, resulting in a broken orbital bone. On Friday, Burnett had surgery to repair his fractured face but will have to sit out the next 2-3 months.

In honor of Burnett’s weird injury, we’ve compiled a list of some even stranger sports injuries, ranging from tanning bed accidents to bagpipe mishaps. They’re sure to make you feel a little better about that time you burned yourself on the toaster.

Jeff Kent — When Kent broke his wrist washing his truck, it sounded like an unfortunate accident. Then, rumors surfaced that he’d broken it doing tricks on his motorcycle, strictly prohibited by his contract with the Giants. He never admitted to any wrong doing. (Michael Macor / The Chronicle)

Clint Barmes — In 2005, the Rockies infielder took a tumble down the stairs … while carrying deer meat from teammate Todd Helton. Barmes was a leading Rookie of the Year candidate until the injury. No word on if he’s still fond of venison.

Gus Frerotte — Another unforgettable moment in sports stupidity. There’s nothing quite like seeing Gus Frerotte’s celebratory head slam into a wall. And then learning about his inevitable neck injury.
Joel Zumaya — Zumaya missed the 2006 ALCS due to a sore wrist incurred by playing too much Guitar Hero. That’s a good cautionary tale to threaten your kids with.

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