Like any sport, baseball has the potential to be quite serious. And sometimes with very little warning. Cardinal pitcher, Blake Hawksworth, learned this first hand when he was hit with a comebacker in Saturday’s game against the Cubs.
You can watch the video here.
It was really scary to see it happen because you can easily tell that while he attempted to deflect it, the ball was just slightly faster than his reflexes. He gets hit flesh in the face and then just goes down. He’ll probably be looking at stitches, dental work and who knows what else.
Still, as serious as it is, it looks like it could have been a lot worse. Let’s hope that is indeed the case. The Cardinals just recently learned that Jason LaRue will never play baseball again, thanks to being kicked in the head by Johnny Cueto. Then, awhile back when the Cardinals permanently lost Juan Encarnacion due to a foul ball to the eye. The Redbirds have had their share of scary moments.
While all of these situations are unfortunate, there is a clear difference between what happened to Hawksworth and what happened to LaRue. The guy that hurt Hawksworth did so completely unintentionally and felt horrible. He has even tried to get ahold of Blake to apologize, even though there’s nothing he could have done.
Let’s just hope that Hawksworth is ok and able to come back as soon as possible.
Get well soon Blake,