Now that my team’s out of the running, I’m able to focus on the lighter side of baseball while watching the 2011 MLB Postseason.
That usually means I can follow my postseason picks and cheer without feeling like I’m going to have an epic meltdown each time they’re in a jam.
Last night, that so called lighter side made my stomach turn. When he took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit was asked to remove a large bandaid from his cheek.
The request presumably came from the Yankees. The bandaid could be considered a distraction so they were within their right to ask for its removal. Also, they were probably trying to mess with Benoit’s mind. That was within their right too, especially in an ALDS Game 5 situation.
Benoit shook his head, seemed to say “Man” and then pulled the bandage off. Watching him tug that thing away from his skin was a little bit painful. I just wanted to tell him, “Just rip it off!”
When the bandaid had been removed, I wanted to tell him “Put it back on!” I just wonder if the Yankees started to think the same thing.
I was an athlete in high school and I was a scorekeeper for our baseball team. I’ve spent a lot of time in a dugout and a clubhouse so I’ve seen some gross stuff. The growth on Benoit’s face that was originally covered by a bandaid falls into that “gross stuff” category.
Was is the type of zit that one of my friends calls an “underground” pimple?
Was it a staph infection? Should he be seen by a doctor?
Was it an ingrown hair that had become infected? We’ve seen his awful beard. It could very well be one of his hairs just fighting against becoming a part of that.
Every time TBS went in for a close-up, I longed for the days before HD TV. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but I knew I didn’t want to see it. For the love of all that is sacred on television, it had a profile!
I joked about it, but I also felt sorry for Benoit. We’ve all been there to a certain extent. If you grew up in the 90s, you might remember that Doug’s been there. [Thanks to Tara and Ashley for reminding me of this one. Warning: Some NSFW language exists in this Doug: Episode 31 recap.] As Dana pointed out, acne is so common, people write songs about the condition.
If you haven’t ever had you life interrupted by a big ol’ zit, we don’t want to hear about you and your perpetually blemish free skin.
After the bandaid was off, we waited to see if the last minute change would affect Benoit’s concentration. A chopper by Robinson Cano got past Benoit to load the bases. Then Benoit walked Mark Teixeira with the bases loaded to bring the Yankees within one run. I was preparing to see a curse of the zit themed hashtag emerge on Twitter.
But Benoit got back to the game of baseball more quickly than Twitter did and he pitched one and two-thirds innings of three hit ball with three strike outs. Jose Valverde came in to close out the game and he picked up his second save up the postseason as the Tigers won 3-2 over the Yankees.
Guess I don’t need to feel too bad for Benoit, despite his ill-timed facial issue. He’ll be going to the ALCS with his Detroit Tigers. I just sincerely hope that any dermatologists who were watching Game 5 have already sent some samples Benoit’s way. I don’t think the Tigers need Benoit plus his blemish on the roster.
Sarah Tyson is the lead Tampa Bay Rays reporter for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter at @SarahSeesSports and keep up with her favorite team at Cowbell Clankers.