Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Cal Ripken, Jr., 2000 Topps Gallery #75
suffered a bloodied and broken nose, but had it set and plugged with cotton and didn't even miss batting practice. Ripken demonstrated a self-deprecating sense of humor, telling reporters that his proboscis "was never straight...But it's straighter than it was half an hour ago." He played into the seventh inning in that night's Midsummer Classic but went 0-for-3 as the National League won 6-0. Let that be a lesson for us all: beware of flying forearms.