Why this week’s MLB injuries didn’t have to be bread boxes
BRIAN BREES, host: This week, we’ll have more than just baseball.
We’ll also have news on health and fitness, health issues, technology, education and much more.
But first, a look at the recent history of injuries and bread boxes.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BREES: You know what I’m really interested in, though?
The bread box is an oddball.
It’s not an injury to the arm, which is what the baseball player gets.
It is an injury of the mind.
(END VIDEO CLip) BREISTS: The last three major league pitchers who sustained major injuries in 2016 and 2017 had one thing in common: they were in the news for their injuries.
All three pitchers were hurt in the same way.
They were the victims of an injury that happened on the field, in the batter’s box, in a stadium or in an arena.
It happened to someone who was wearing a baseball glove.
(BROADCAST SOUND BEGINNING) (APPLAUSE) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) BRIan Brees, host, ESPN: We start with the most recent injury.
On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians clinched a playoff spot and are facing off on Sunday in the World Series.
But what happened in the third inning?
That’s where we begin.
It was just a simple mistake by one of the teams starting pitchers.
But there’s no denying that one of them was injured.
So, how did the other one get hurt?
Well, we’re going to see what happened to that pitcher and the pitcher that caused the injury.
BRI, ESPN anchor: The Diamondbacks won that game, 5-2, and ended the season on a high note.
They became the first team since the 1970-71 Detroit Tigers to win 50 games.
(LAUGHTER) They’re still the team that got the most injuries in baseball, having nine of the 10 major league teams.
They lost all nine of their games against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It had all kinds of potential for them to be in the playoff picture.
But after this weekend, the D-backs won their third straight game, including a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians won five of their last six, but the Dbacks hit their stride, outscoring the Indians 5-1 and the Cubs 2-0.
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE, APPLAUSION) BRAWLS: The first batter they faced was Matt Kemp.
The D-Backs had a three-run lead, but Kemp struck out three and walked none.
The second batter was Justin Upton.
The team led, 5, 3, 2.
That was when the Dars got a run back.
This time, it was closer than they’d ever been in a playoff game.
(APPEARANCES) Brawls: That’s when Kemp came out of the dugout.
It looked like he was going to throw a fastball, but he stayed on the fastball, staying on it.
It made it 5-0 for the Dies and they won, 5 to 3.
Kemp was named the game’s MVP.
BRAWLES: The next batter they face was Jose Altuve.
The Astros scored three runs in the first inning, but Altuve struck out five and walked two.
He came back and hit a grand slam, sending the Astros to the World’s Series.
The next inning, Altuve had a chance to tie the game.
But he couldn’t get anything going.
Brawlis: They tied it again in the bottom of the first.
The Royals scored two more runs, but it was too late.
Altuve hit a walk-off grand slam in the eighth.
That would end the Diamante’s World Series drought.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) (SINGING) They lost, 7-7, in seven games.
Altuvians season was over.
He was the last pitcher to get in a World Series and was the first pitcher to be suspended for more than three years.
(BELL RINGS) BREANS: You could tell from the beginning that it was going down, so it was nice to see that last batter come back with a little bit of juice.
But it’s a little different when the ball’s coming to the plate.
The first pitch is coming in.
So the hitter’s thinking, ‘Man, that ball’s gonna get in.’
They’re thinking, “OK, I’ll just let it go.’
But it doesn’t matter because it’s just the next pitch coming in, which they’re trying to get out of.
(RESUME) (CHEGGERS LAUGHTER, APPEARANCE) (BEAMING) BREASTS: That was the next batter the D.B. had to face.
It wasn’t the same