Brandon Inge may have scared the crap out of everyone watching the Pittsburgh Pirates-Philadelphia Phillies game on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh utility man decided to wear some color contact lenses for the game that had his eyes shaped like those of a cat. The lsenses were colored black and yellow to match the Pirates’ colors. But if you watch the video below, you’ll see that he may have screwed up when putting them in; one eye looks more horizontal while the other is more vertical:
Brandon Inge spent 11-plus seasons as a utility infielder for the Detroit Tigers before being traded to the Oakland A’s last season. He played in 74 games for the A’s last year and struggled at the plate with a .226 average, and as a result Inge has begun the 2013 season in Triple-A with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
As someone who spent a large portion of his career in Detroit, Inge is likely no stranger to unruly fans. On Tuesday, he learned that minor league fans can be just as ruthless when a brawl nearly broke out after a Toledo Mud Hens fan was chucking peanuts at him. The Toledo Blade described the incident:
According to eyewitness reports, in the early innings of the contest the unidentified fan was throwing peanuts at the (Indianapolis) Indians’ Brandon Inge, who spent significant time with both the Detroit Tigers and Hens.
Before the fifth inning began, the fan came to railing on the far side of the Indianapolis dugout and exchanged words with Inge. A number of Inge’s teammates came to his defense, with several attempting to jump the railing that separated them from the fan. The fan was escorted out of the ballpark but attempted to throw beer on the Indians before leaving.
It seems safe to say that Inge is a popular player and his teammates have his back, but it’s unfortunate to see an interaction with fans get to that point. I don’t know what type of security staffing they have in Toledo, but you have to wonder if the fan should have been removed from the park before it nearly got out of hand.
If Chris Perez was there he would have let the fan know exactly how he felt.
H/T The Big Lead
The video, seen above via Busted Coverage, is titled “Unluckiest couple at baseball game,” and it’s hard to disagree. That is some serious “Three Stooges” ish right there. The best part about the video is the way it replays several times kind of like the Keith Hernandez spitting video on “Seinfeld.” About the only thing to say to tell that unlucky fan is “nice catch, pretty boy!”
I’m always a sucker for weird baseball injuries, so after seeing this up at SportsbyBrooks, there was no question I had to post it. Brandon Inge was placed on the DL with a strained oblique. How did it happen you ask? The Detroit Free Press answers the question:
Inge said he aggravated the injury moving a pillow for his three-year-old Monday night. He said if not for that mishap, he probably would have tried to continue to play with the injury, which he said has bothered him since he suffered it on June 1 in Seattle.
Told of Inge’s account of the pillow, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, “That’s a first.”
Well, after hearing that Raul Ibanez hurt himself sleeping, Aaron Rowand by playing tag, and Brandon Marshall by slipping on a McDonald’s bag, I can’t say I’m that surprised by this one. Amazing. Not that I did any sports betting on it, but my money at the sportsbook would have been on the Tigers to win the World Series before the year started. Now I know why they’re struggling — everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong. And they’re only five games out of first, too!