I Blame You For This, “momoracci@yahoo.com”

So one of the big stories of spring, as we all know, is the third base competition: Nomar Garciaparra vs. Andy LaRoche. Experience vs. Youth, Knowledge vs. Potential, etc. etc. Actually, so far, each has been playing pretty well. nomar_iymgkjnc_1.jpg

So what happens today vs. St. Louis? Well, let’s let the posters on the official Dodgers blog tell the story:

Breaking News: Nomar Garciaparra was hit on the right hand by a pitch and immediately went to the dugout. More to follow.
Posted by: alex41592@aol.com | March 7, 2008 11:11 AM

Okay, Nomar gets hit by a pitch and has to leave the game, although you can’t read too much into that because in spring training, a mosquito bite is enough to get a veteran off the field. 12 minutes later:

LaRoche is now our starting 3rd baseman! YES!!!
Posted by: momoracci@yahoo.com | March 7, 2008 11:23 AM

Now that right there, cheering for an injury, is more than enough to lay down the superjinx, as other posters noticed:

Hey momoracci, better watch what you think, before you make hasty decisions? You may have jinx LaRoche.
Posted by: pierreseastmeetswest@yahoo.com | March 7, 2008 11:28 AM

I’ve got to say, I’m pretty impressed with the baseball gods on this one.. 7 minutes is all it took:

On an attempted pickoff by Ardoin at third the ball goes into left field, LaRoche lands awkwardly on his left wrist and could be hurt,”
See, this is instant karma for people taking glee at Nomar taking a pitch off the hand. Dagnabbit!
Posted by: old_fogey_la@yahoo.com | March 7, 2008 11:35 AM

(Side note, this is 2008, why is every game not televised? I’m reduced to following this through secondhand message board postings.) 

Fortunately it sounds as though neither injury is going to be that bad:

Nomar injury update: Right hand, taken to the hospital for x-rays, not expected to be serious.

LaRoche injury update: Right hand swollen, not the left wrist, taken to the hospital, x-rays, not expected to be serious, details at a later time.
Posted by: alex41592@aol.com | March 7, 2008 12:04 PM

But man, no way to derail a heated competition than to have both combatants going down in one game, is there? Either way, let’s hope this doesn’t cause any more Brandon Inge stories to flare up.

- Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness msti-face.jpg

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