Get Better Matt

I didn’t see the play, but apparently Matt Clement was hit in the head squarely by a line drive tonight, and was unconscious for a considerable amount of time.   It was, by all descriptions available, quite horrifying.  No word on his condition, but we hope he is ok.

UPDATE:  More news on ESPN here, though not much new added.  Also, Trot leaves the game with some sort of possible back injury.  Theo may have just been relieved of chasing after rentals, as if Clement and Nixon are both gone for significant amounts of time I’d say the Sox are cooked, and understandably. 

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  • it was AWFUL. i would not be surprised if he has a skull fracture. it hit him right behind the right ear and took him out. i’d say he was probably unconscious before he hit the ground, and i doubt he was fully conscious again before they took him off the field. it was absolutely sickening.

    beth July 26, 2005, 9:22 pm
  • It was the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen in baseball. Absolutely sickening. My heart was in my throat the whole time he was on the ground.
    Fortunately, updates say his CAT scan came back negative and he’s in good spirits.

    Runan July 26, 2005, 10:06 pm
  • Bah. It’s a total mess.
    And we were kicking ass until he was hit.
    Beanball game anyone?
    Oy.

    Kat July 26, 2005, 10:45 pm
  • Yeah it was pretty bad, but not as bad as Bryce a couple years ago. His catscan was negative, and they said he was talking and knew what happened. From all reports on the post game, he’s going to stay in the hospital overnight, but all seems to be okay. Thank goodness.
    On another note, could there be a more annoying team than the Devil Rays? I absolutely cant stand this team, their manager, and the fact that they happen to play outside themselves agaist anyone who actually has a shot at making the postseason. Julio Lugo can’t hit a basketball the entire year, that us uless it’s Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson on the mound, then all the sudden he’s Babe Ruth.

    Brad July 26, 2005, 11:20 pm
  • edit:
    us = is

    Brad July 26, 2005, 11:21 pm
  • Yup. No question.
    Irritating.
    I do hope Clement is ok, and although his scan was clear, I’m not considering him ok yet.
    Not to mention there’s the problem of how his mental health holds up after this.

    Kat July 27, 2005, 1:00 am
  • Horrifying. I swear my heart stopped as it happened. That ball could’ve killed him. It’s bad enough from a baseball (and Sox fan) standpoint, but it’s even worse considering the guy’s got a wife and kids. Hope he recovers quickly just for their sake.
    And I agree; the D-Rays are annoying beyond all measure. They love to play spoiler to everyone in the AL East, and as fun as it is watching them beat up the Yankees, it’s so not nice the way their batters and pitchers seem to routinely bean other players. They must all harbor rage for being stuck in the standings basement all the time, and thus take it out on the Sox, Yanks, O’s and Jays.
    Although I usually find myself laughing whenever sweet Lou flies into a rage. I’ve never seen another guy that looks so cartoony when he’s pissed off.

    Sox Fan in VT July 27, 2005, 3:33 am
  • i hate to seem cold and uncaring(i’m not), but, if there are questions about Matt Clements’ status both mentally and physically,do we now up the stakes for AJ Burnitt?As for Trot, consider him out for 4 to 6 weeks right off the bat, so, enter Gabey Kapler…

    TonyC.25 July 27, 2005, 5:38 am
  • Like most of the posters here, I saw it. I actually yelled out “OH MY GOD!” and scared the hell out of my girlfriend and my cat. It was truly awful. I hope that Clement comes out of this OK and is able to pitch like himself again very soon.
    It definitely presents a huge problem for Boston. Who’s going to take Clement’s starts (assuming he misses any)? Who’s going to start in right field? Keep in mind that Kapler, though we all love him, hit like .190 in Japan, so I’d hardly conisider him a suitable replacement for my man Trot, he of the 20 homers, and .380 OBP.
    One other note, I’d like to commend NESN for their coverage of the game. They could have easily replayed Clement’s agony over and over and over again as I’m sure they did at ESPN, but they didn’t. While they did replay it a few times during the game, they kept it to a reasonable and non-gratuitous number. I thought Remy and Orsillo did an excellent job handling a difficult situation.

    mattymatty July 27, 2005, 7:44 am
  • I saw the replay on the NESN postgame show, and it was, as said, terribly scary. Thankfully it sounds like he’s ok, at least physically. As for the Sox’ problems? Nixon is probably out a month, which stinks, Clement is probably out indefinitely or at least until he feels comfortable enough to pitch, and that spells a ton of trouble. We’ll see if Theo makes moves, or decides this is his chance to test the organization’s talent, or do a little of both. It should be an interesting month, though with quite a bit of downside, unfortunately.

    SF July 27, 2005, 8:54 am
  • Tonight they said that as long as the medical staff in Boston gives him the okay after the flight back, he’s not going to miss a start. He feels that the longer he stays off the field from mental reasons, the worse off the fears become.

    Brad-SF July 27, 2005, 10:59 pm
  • I’m so glad he’s OK, at least physically. I can’t say I’d blame him if he indeed became gun-shy about pitching. I hope he’s tougher than that (watching his interview, he sounds pretty confident), but if he’s not…no fault to him. Any normal human would be rattled after something like that.
    But sometimes when you fall off the horse, you just ahve to get right back on and keep going. [Shrug]

    Sox Fan in VT July 28, 2005, 12:54 am
  • To Whom It May Concern, Aug. 10, 2005
    I was enjoying the Redsox- Tampa game the night when Matt Clement got hit in the head with that line drive.
    First lets all thank the good Lord he’s alright!
    As I kept watching the replay on the news all night, I started to think how often and vulnerable these pitchers are put in this position every game, I started to wonder if there was a way to protect them.
    That’s when I came up with the Pitcher/Protector!!
    This invention is designed exclusively for MLB!!!!
    I have patented this and would like MLB to take a seriously hard look as to avoid more Matt Clements tragedies.
    ** P.P. **
    To give you a possible mental visual, the P.P. works like this.
    A four to six foot slit is cut into the ground just in front of the pitchers mound. Sensors are also placed in the ground
    a few feet in front of the cut slit.
    These sensors are only activated after the ball leaves the bat and passes over them at about a chest high height, which would trigger a sheet of plexi glass (like the kind hockey rinks use) to spring up directly in front of the pitcher for lets say about an 8 second span, then retract automatically (rules would still apply as if ball had struck pitcher).
    With the technology we have at our disposal these days this should be a very feasible safety devise, wouldn’t you say?
    Hope it catches MLB interest as I am going to submit this idea to ESPN and other related entities that might be able to help this become a reality in baseball!!!!!!
    Thank you for your time!
    Troy Williams
    p.o.box 25
    East Falmouth MA.
    02536
    E-Mail:dextersilvio@yahoo.com
    (508)457-9305
    (508)648-6536

    TROY WILLIAMS September 1, 2005, 6:12 pm

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