The Weird Baseball Player Injury Bug – it’s an official medical phenomenon, by the way – has bitten the Pirates’ Travis Snider.
According to the Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink, the outfielder will be unable to throw for a day or two after injuring the tip of his finger chopping sweet potatoes.
Anyone who’s ever chopped anything knows how dangerous it can be, slicing those tubers with those sharp implements. One slip and bang, you’re on the floor looking for the end of your finger.
It wasn’t quite that bad for Snider thank goodness. He didn’t chop off any digits. He won’t be going around like Bob Wickman.
But still, a lesson for Snider. Be careful chopping sweet potatoes.
Better yet, let someone else chop the sweet potatoes. Someone who doesn’t depend on the health of his fingers/hands to make his living.
Trust me, there’s a reason you never saw Van Cliburn chopping sweet potatoes. Van Cliburn respected finger health.
Hitters need to approach it the same way famed pianists do.