Cubs’ Jason Heyward discusses ‘scary’ concussion
Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward experienced his first concussion recently, and it’s not something he wants to deal with ever again.
Heyward admitted that the head injury was “scary” upon returning Friday from the seven-day concussion DL.
“It made a believer out of me,” Heyward said, via Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “Not that I wasn’t a believer before. You feel for anyone that goes through it. That stuff is scary. You don’t feel like yourself, and you don’t see anything wrong with you physically, but there is something that’s not right.”
Heyward hit his head against the wall on May 6, which led to the head injury. The symptoms came and went, but were too much to ignore, even once he was eligible to come off the disabled list.
“Day three, I woke up and I was like, ‘OK, I feel good,’ then I got to the field, and it was not anywhere near normal,” Heyward recounted. “It was frustrating. There were days where I was sad, down, but it was good to be around the guys.”
There’s a reason concussions scare even the most battle-hardened NFL players. Heyward’s was minor in the grand scheme of things and it still had profound impacts on him.