Golfer Thomas Levet won his sixth European Tour event Sunday when he became the second Frenchman to win the French Open. He decided to celebrate in the most logical way possible — by jumping into the water after the 18th hole. Hey honey, look at me, I’m hang-gliding. Take a good picture!
What an idiot! They totally jumped about 10 feet in on a water hazard that only appeared to be a few feet deep. Where was the caddy on that one? I thought they’re supposed to have the course all measured up and be recommending proper advice? And how about the dude being unable to pull himself out of the pond like he were in a wading pool? Pretty sad, huh?
When considering the possibility of an injury related to the pie-in-the-face celebration, I tend to think about people ending up with a scratched cornea or an eye injury. I can honestly say I’ve never given any thought to somebody tearing a meniscus. That’s exactly what happened to Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlanafter the Marlins walk-off win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon. Coghlan suffered a torn meniscus trying to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms‘ face after his walk-off single, and he could be out six to eight weeks if surgery is necessary.
It’s tough to control your emotions when you care about the team. It’s totally understandable, but I’d hate to see a pennant race affected by a casualty that’s suffered during a post-game celebration. Players really need to make a more conscious effort to celebrate safely, if that’s at all possible. I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than ending up on the shelf because you were trying to smash shaving cream in a teammate’s face. I’m sure Coghlan agrees.
Coghlan goes on DL after celebration injury [MLB.com]
On Sunday evening UCLA beat Cal State Fullerton to win their Super Regional and clinch a berth into the College World Series for the first time since 1997. I noted that the team had a six-man high pileup in their celebration after winning, prompting pitcher Rob Rasmussen to scream “get the f— off me.” At the time, I said that UCLA didn’t learn the lesson from Angels first baseman Kendry Morales about the hazards of reckless celebrations. Unfortunately it turns out I was right because we can now add another athlete to the list of players hurt and injured while celebrating.
Bruins second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, who had the go-ahead two run home run in the 9th inning on Saturday with UCLA facing elimination, will miss the College World Series because of a broken wrist. Rahmatulla’s wrist had been bothering him ever since the dogpile celebration the Bruins had on Sunday night and X-rays revealed the break. The sophomore second baseman was hitting .328 with a team-high 52 runs scored and 118 total bases on the year. Maybe next time the Bruins will settle for high fives and ass pats.
I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s some sort of schadenfreude type of deal, that makes it so much fun to discuss and categorize injuries. We’ve broken down some of the most ill-timed sports injuries, talked about pitchers who have been hurt batting, and we’ve shared stories of some of the weirdest injuries in sports. And now, because of Angels first baseman Kendry Morales who broke his leg during a celebration following a walkoff grand slam to beat the Mariners, we have a list of athletes hurt while celebrating in sports. Let us know if we missed anything.
Kendry Morales Breaks His Leg Celebrating Grand Slam
The Angels had just beaten the Mariners 5-1 thanks to Morales’ walkoff grand slam to center field. After rounding the bases, Morales headed for home and leaped to the plate. Somehow he managed to fracture his leg and he may be out for the season. He was leading the Angels in batting average, home runs, and RBIs at the time of his injury.
Bill Gramatica Tears His ACL Celebrating a Field Goal
The mother of all idiotic celebrations to cause injuries, Gramatica tore his ACL jumping for joy after making a 42-yard field goal for the Cardinals against the Giants. The torn ACL knocked Gramatica out for the rest of his rookie season. Bill was never the same after injury, going from making 16 of 20 field goals his rookie year to being out of the NFL three years later.