Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"The Horrific Line Drive"

Game Notes from Tuesday evening's scorecard - Game 2 of 4 between the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays --- the complete scorecard of which, is here: "Jays at Rays - Game 2" - http://internetbaseballscorecard2013.blogspot.ca/2013/05/07-jays-at-rays-game-2.html

Game Notes

Final in 9
Toronto Blue Jays: 6
Tampa Bay Rays: 4

Bottom of the 2nd:

"The Horrific Line Drive"

Tampa Bay centre fielder Desmond Jennings hit a line drive back up the middle that hit J. A. Happ in the right side of his head. The ball was hit so hard it ricocheted off Happ and out to the Rays' right field line bullpen. Bautista got it back into the infield to hold Jennings to a triple. (read more in the scrolling south east text box, top At-Bat box - bottom of the 2nd inning)

As the medical crews from both teams stabilized James Anthony Happ on the side of the mound the entire stadium was dead quite - it was like there was no one there - everyone on the edge of there seats, whispering as they watched.

Soon after Happ was off the field in a wheeled stretcher, news came that he had been taken directly to a waiting ambulance and then immediately to the nearest hospital.

I've never seen anything like this before, and it shook me up pretty good. I think it shook up everyone - even the game took on a going-through-the-motions feel for at least four innings.

I'm still shaky, and my adrenaline is pumping as I begin to write this after completing the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd.

It's just that - we still don't know what going to happen here.

I wish James Happ a speedy and uneventful recovery.

Every infielder's worst nightmare.


'The Horrific Line Drive' is from Gregg Zaun - during the 4th inning break on Sportnet's 'Blue Jays Central', with host Jamie Campbell.

Video via NewsJCM's Youtube Channel


1 comment:

  1. And... this team is starting to hit - the ball I mean, not pitchers.

    Since last night in the 7th the team has been batting the ball all over the field it seems.

    Or is it just that winning feeling getting in the way of clear thinking? :)