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Troy Tulowitzki grabs teammate’s nuts in postgame handshake (GIF)

Troy Tulowitzki nut grabOh nothing, just Troy Tulowitzki grabbing teammate Rafael Betancourt in the nuts after the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday. Tulo hit a two-run single in the sixth, while Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth. Betancourt initially put up some resistance to Tulo, but the shortstop would not be denied.

Between Tulo and Jeff Francoeuer, this is turning into the year of the nut shot.

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Jeff Francouer tapped third base coach in nuts after hitting triple (GIF)

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Jeff Francouer hit a triple in the seventh inning of his team’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, and he was so excited he decided to hand out a jimmy tap. Typically when a player reaches first or third base they go with something like a high-five or a fist bump for the base coach. That’s not Francouer’s style.

As you can see, Francouer decided to give Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez a friendly tap in the nuts. It was nothing like this accidental fist-pump to the groin or this blatant punch in the nuts, but it was probably enough to wake Rodriguez up if he was starting to get bored as the Royals opened things up. I’m sure he appreciated it.

GIF via Eye on Baseball

Umpire John Hirschbeck takes a foul ball to the groin (GIF)

Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck was in the line of fire on Wednesday night, and his manly region got the worst end of a foul ball.

A.J. Pierzynski was up in the fourth inning of the Texas Rangers-LA Angels game and checked his swing on a pitch from Nick Maronde. He fouled the ball off, and it nailed Hirschbeck in the groin. The umpire went down as if he had been socked in the nuts by Johnny Cage.

There was a brief delay in the game to give Hirschbeck a chance to recover.

Pierzynski ended up walking in the at-bat, and the Angels mercifully got the next batter out to end the disastrous 9-run inning by Texas.

Turns out this is actually a regular occurrence for Hirschbeck.

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Carlos Boozer nails referee Danny Crawford with celebratory fist pump (Video)

Carlos Boozer Danny CrawfordCarlos Boozer’s fist and referee Danny Crawford’s manly region collided Saturday to produce a video clip for the ages.

Boozer was working on Dirk Nowitzki in the paint and spun toward the baseline to attempt a shot during the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls-Dallas Mavericks game. Boozer made the shot despite being fouled by Dirk, and he was so stoked about making the and-1 that he gave a huge fist pump. The only problem is his fist went straight into Crawford’s manly region/leg area, leaving the referee stunned.

Boozer finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 celebration fail in the game. The Bulls actually lost to the Mavericks 100-98, leaving Dallas only one game below .500.

Jordany Valdespin wasn’t wearing a cup when Justin Verlander nailed him in the nuts

Jordany-Valdespin-MetsA lot was made of New York Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin being hit in the man region by a Justin Verlander fastball on Monday, but many people do not understand the severity of the situation. Fortunately, Valdespin’s health has checked out fine. The thing that made the situation so scary is that he was not wearing a protective cup.

“You would think if you are starting at second base, you would be smart enough to wear a cup,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

After he left the ballpark, the NY Post was told Valdespin wasn’t wearing a cup when he was drilled with a 94-mph fastball. Did he think you can’t get hit in the nuts during spring training just because the games don’t count? Infielders almost always wear a cup, and it’s probably smart for every position player to do the same. In fact, Valdespin proved that even designated hitters would benefit from using an athletic supporter.

“He took a hack at the first pitch and the next one — he already hit one bomb — and the next one he totally squared [toward] me,” Verlander explained. “And I’m like, ‘Oh God, this isn’t going to be good.’ Right out of the hand it’s like, ‘Oh, [bleep]! That is right at his [genitals].’”

Valdespin said everything is “working good” when reporters caught up with him after the painful experience. Collins has warned the 25-year-old about some of his antics potentially getting him into trouble, such as irritating Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg a couple of weeks ago when he faked a bunt to lead off a spring training game. If you want to get under the skin of opposing pitchers, it’s probably even more critical that you protect the family jewels.

Nicolas Batum punches Juan Carlos Navarro in the nuts, later apologizes

Every Olympiad is known for some hallmark events. Beijing was known for Michael Phelps going 8-for-8 in gold medals; Atlanta saw the Magnificent Seven win it all with Kerri Strug hobbling on one leg; and Los Angeles was dominated by Carl Lewis’ four golds in track and field.

What will the London Games be remembered for? You could say Phelps, who won six medals in his final Olympics, or Usain Bolt, who maintained his status as the fastest man in the world. But I think I know the real answer: it’s the nut shots.

First there was Carmelo Anthony getting smacked in the twig and gig by an Argentina player, and on Wednesday it was Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro getting the nut shot treatment from France’s Nicolas Batum:

France was down by six with 23 seconds left when Batum turkey tapped JC (and really, you never want to mess with someone with the initials of JC), showing us that proper sportsmanship is still a high priority for the French. Spain won the game 66-59 and advances to face Russia in the semifinals. Batum at least apologized via Twitter after the game:

It’s hard to take that as too genuine, considering Batum had earlier told Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he smacked Navarro “to give him a good reason to flop.”

Frustration overcomes us all at times, and apparently Batum is no different. Only most of us don’t resort to low blows.

GIF via BuzzFeed Sports

U.S. upset over Argentina’s nut shot on Carmelo Anthony (Picture)

On paper, it appeared that the US men’s basketball team’s 126-97 win over Argentina in the final game before the knockout stage was a breeze. In many ways it was, but for Carmelo Anthony it was a bit more painful. As you can see from the screenshot above, Anthony took a shot to the groin as he was attempting a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

The three went in, but as the video at Eye on Basketball shows it certainly appeared that Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo threw an unneccesary below-the-belt shot as the buzzer sounded.

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