Let it be said that the main problem with the stress-relief tactic of making a fist and then plunging it into something hard is that it rarely relieves any stress.
Instead it usually only creates more, which is the situation that Braves reliever Jeff Bennett(notes) is now dealing with on the 15-day disabled list. The righty landed in the MASH unit on Thursday, one night after a two-RBI single from Alex Rodriguez(notes) made Bennett angry enough to thrust his non-throwing left hand into a door near the Atlanta dugout.
As one might expect, it didn't end well. He's expected to miss at least three weeks.
"'With his fit of rage, Bennett broke the fifth metacarpal of his left hand and landed a spot on the 15-day disabled list ...
"'I disappointed a lot of people, including myself," Bennett said. 'It's like a kid throwing a temper tantrum. I didn't handle myself in a professional manner.'"
The best part of the story is that Bennett then pushed his mangled hand back into place and went out and threw another inning — giving up a home run to Nick Swisher(notes) — before telling the Braves trainers. Usually such toughness in sports is met with macho grunts of approval and admiration. But not when the injury is self-inflicted. Uh-uh. No way. No how.
Thing is, Bennett's l'il sissy fit doesn't hurt the Braves that much, at least not in the way that Carlos Quentin's self-loathing hurt the White Sox last September. Opponents were hitting .316 off Bennett this season, so you might say his south paw took one for the team.