When two atoms smash together, science happens. When two Adams smash in Major League Baseball, one trots around the bases for a home run while the other crumples to the ground in stunned pain.
That's how it was Wednesday afternoon on the long fly hit by Adam Rosales of the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. His two-run shot in the second inning against Chris Sale put the Rangers on the board, and it also put outfielder Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox on the shelf because Eaton ran into the fence at nearly full speed in pursuit of the ball.
It hurts just to watch. Even the fan nearest to Eaton, when he went crunch, couldn't take it:
(Also note in the screencap above that Away Bears Uniform Jay Cutler just stands there without helping.)
Eaton reportedly bruised his back on the play, even though it appeared to be his front that hit the fence. It didn't help that Eaton crashed near a post, instead of the middle of a chain-link, where there might have been more give. Hopefully, he's OK.
Wall 1.... Adam 0— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) August 6, 2014
Also: Kudos to Rosales, who usually likes to burn rubber around the bases like he has to go to the bathroom urgently. Instead, this time, he kind of took it easy, perhaps out of respect for Eaton's displaced innards. Rosales hit another home run in the game, but that one injured no one reportedly. Maybe that's why he had more pep in his step for homer No. 2. Rosales provided all of the offense in a 3-1 victory for Texas.
It is too bad, for the sake of gallows humor, that the White Sox don't have a home game scheduled for Thursday, otherwise we'd definitely see a chalk-outline mock up in Eaton's shape on that fence. Do you think the other players will have forgotten about it by the time the Sox get back from their road trip Aug. 15? (Me, neither.)
Eaton has been valuable on defense since coming over in an offseason trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he came in batting .305 with a .372 on-base percentage to go along with 27 extra-base hits. Disappointingly, he's only 12 for 20 stealing bases and he's been banged up occasionally, partly because he frequently plays with the safety off.
Perhaps there's another substance the White Sox can use for a warning track, so it lives up to his name. Flubber would be funniest, but we'd never see Eaton again after takeoff.
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