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Diagnosis: “Baseball Toe”

Posted by todblog on March 22, 2007

March 21, 2007

As parents, we all wish the best for our kids. Afford them opportunities and experiences, some we had, some we never had and some we hope they never have. Love and nurture them. Tend to them like a young plant, watering it, weeding around it and providing it nourishment to hopefully one day see it grow up to it’s potential. In this case it’s Jacob and his baseball season starting up again.

“Let’s practice pitching Dad!”

The batting cage is set-up in the backyard and we practice hitting everyday when I get home from work. With the daylight starting to stretch out again, it doesn’t get dark until 7:30pm. Typically, it’s a couple of buckets of soft toss hitting into the net and then some live pitching to him for another few buckets of balls. There’s still enough light to see the ball for fielding and pitching practice after all that. So, like a good nurturing dad, I put on the catchers mitt and have Jacob practice his pitching. I have him use the cleanest whitest baseballs so I can at least see the flash and react to it in time.

Not surprisingly, each year his pitches get faster and harder or the glove leather is getting thinner… it often hurts if I don’t catch it just right. That only happens if I can see the ball and react to it in time. Well, catching in fading daylight, with aging knees and ankles isn’t a good idea. I took a direct hit to my right big toe through a running shoe and it hurt. I was afraid to take my shoe off and see the extent of the damage. I couldn’t feel anything for awhile (which was probably good). I was trying to wiggle my toes and figured there must not be anything broken or it would hurt really bad. Not wanting Jacob to feel bad and alter his efforts, I said, “I’m okay”. We called it a day and went in for dinner.

After eating and a shower, I finally got to see my toe. It didn’t look bad, it just hurt. The next day it felt better but looked worse. I have what’s called “Baseball Toe”, apparently a common sports injury that occurs in older males who practice in poor light with aging bodies. The good news is that this condition can easily be stopped from advancing into “baseball nose” or worse, “baseball groin”.



This is what looking at death straight in the eye looks like. A 14 yr old with an Easton Stealth Bat staring the pitcher down…

The batting cage is made from the net I got at the golf course driving range and PVC pipe ribs staked to the ground.








“Baseball Toe”





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