NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins isn’t about to start wearing a protective cup despite absorbing a cringe-worthy “direct hit” to his groin Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I don’t need to see a replay,” a well-iced Hawkins said Thursday. “I know where it got me. It got me dead-on, but it’s not the end of the world. I won’t be wearing a cup. It’s not going to happen. I haven’t worn one in 20 years; I’m not going to wear one now. Me and my wife are done having kids, so we’re good.”
The 40-year-old was diagnosed with a “contusion of the testicles,” according to the New York Daily News. He admitted the team’s trip from Los Angeles to San Diego after the game wasn’t exactly a good time.
“It seemed like the bus driver hit every bump he could find,” Hawkins said. “I iced all the way.”
Hawkins said taking a comebacker to you-know-where was like being “kicked by a mule.”
“I was just doing whatever I could to keep myself from crying,” he said, according to the Daily News. “It hurt.”
Hawkins’ painful misfortune — including his blank stare — was turned into an animated image and passed around the Internet on Thursday. At least he had a sense of humor about all of it, sharing his “#NoBueno” moment with the world on Twitter:
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