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Be happy you’re not Alex Avila with an ice bag on your junk today (Video)

How’s your Monday going? Probably a lot better than Alex Avila’s.

The Detroit Tigers catcher took a foul tip off the nuts on Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox. That’s probably the only time he wishes one of Boston’s players — in this case Shane Victorino — actually got a hold of the pitch. Hey, any outcome would have been better than that. Not even a cup could help that.

Alex Avila nut shot

If there is any bright side in this situation — and we readily admit we’re digging deep here — it’s that at least the ball looks like it only got one of his boys, not both. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Via SB Nation

Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin in the nuts (GIF)

Serge-Ibaka-Blake-Griffin-nutsIt took Blake Griffin less than a minute to get nailed where the sun don’t shine in Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. Griffin made a move to the basket against Serge Ibaka and couldn’t finish, but it wasn’t the missed layup he was left thinking about.

Ibaka fell into teammate Kendrick Perkins and Perkins shoved off of him to try to get position. Ibaka lost his balance and ended up punching Griffin directly in the nuts. Griffin stayed down for a few seconds but was able to shake it off.

We’ve (unfortunately) seen plenty of nut shots over the years, and that was one of the worst. Ibaka didn’t do it on purpose, but it looked very painful. Somebody get the Griff man an ice pack.

GIF via GIFD Sports

David Price took a line drive to the nuts (GIF)

Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price taught all of the young ballplayers in the world a valuable lesson on Tuesday night — always wear a cup. Had the lefthander not been wearing one, his night would have been much, much worse.

Price was pitching to Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer in the top of the fourth inning when Mauer ripped a line drive right back at him. It hit Price directly in the groin area and ricocheted toward third base, allowing Mauer to reach on an infield single. Trainers came out to examine Price, at which point he proudly showed them that his cup had done it’s job.

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That’s what I call saving the children.

H/T The Big Lead

Umpire Brad Myers got hit in the nuts by a Brandon Phillips line drive (Video)

Sometimes you just have no chance.

Umpire Brad Myers got hit in the nuts by a Brandon Phillips line drive during a spring training game between the Reds and Indians on Monday, and the dude immediately went down in PAIN!

Myers made his best attempt to jump out of the way of the ball, but, instead, it was his balls that got crushed! He moved right into it!

You think Myers is going to wear a cup in the field from now on? I mean the look on his face said it all:

Umpire Brad Myers

Phillips did send a few tweets about it after the game:

Yup, that Myers sure needs to watch his McNuggets from now on.

Aldon Smith kicks Robert Griffin III in nuts, gets away with it (GIF)

Aldon Smith kicked Robert Griffin III in the nuts during the third quarter of Monday’s San Francisco 49ers-Washington Redskins game, and he was lucky he got away with it.

Washington had a 2nd-and-7 early in the third quarter from the San Francisco 46 and went with a pass play. Griffin threw to the far sideline for Josh Morgan, but the pass was ruled incomplete. At the end of the play, after RG3 had already released the ball, Smith, who was an arm’s length away from Griffin, raised his leg and connected with the quarterback’s groin.

He must have a wide foot because he got both of them:

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Jose Iglesias took a fastball directly to the nuts (Video)

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Jose Iglesias has settled in nicely with the Detroit Tigers since he came over from the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline. He already proved why Detroit wanted him by making one of the best plays of the year earlier this week, but one pitch on Friday was enough to make anyone uncomfortable.

During the bottom of the third inning, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy drilled Iglesias directly in the nuts with a fastball. The only thing that will improve is his on-base percentage, but I’m not sure it was worth it. Iglesias went down for a few seconds and was tended to by trainers, but he remained in the game. Here’s a photo that shows the moment of contact, courtesy of World of Isaac:

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It’s rare that we ever seen two players take a ball to the man region within a few days of each other, but unfortunately Iglesias was not the first this week. Let’s hope this is the last play we’ll be adding to our list of nut shots for at least a while.

GIF via Guyism

LaTroy Hawkins hit in the baby maker by grounder while not wearing cup (Video)

LaTroy-Hawkins-nut-shotNew York Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins blew a save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, but he had one of the most legitimate excuses possible. Prior to Andre Ethier’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, Hawkins took a ground ball directly to the groin.

To make matters worse, several Dodgers and Mets reporters noted that Hawkins said he was not wearing a cup. He said after the game that the pain was excruciating and described the grounder as a “DIRECT HIT” that he did not get any part of his glove on. Hawkins also added this gem when asked about the play.

A lot of pitchers choose to not wear cups because they are uncomfortable, but Hawkins admitted after the game that he may reconsider that line of thought. In fact, there are even some position players who take the risk. At least that umpire who recently took a bad shot to the nuts was wearing protection.

And with that, the Dodgers — who have won their last eight in a row and 23 out of 26 since the All-Star break — continue to find ways to get the job done.

H/T SI Hot Clicks
GIF via CJ Zero