That's Gonna Leave a Mark

If you're given less than 1/10th of a second to react to anything coming at your head over 100 MPH, you're going to lose every time. It's science; I don't make the rules. Last night, Giants reliever Joe Martinez learned this first-hand when Mike Cameron hit a line drive directly off the pitcher's head, about an inch from his temple: ↵
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↵Note the sequence of events after being hit: jello legs, instant shock, pain sets in, bleeding commences. This is usually not followed by walking off under your own power, so kudos to Martinez. He's tougher than us.
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↵He was taken to a hospital immediately and is fine, having only suffered a concussion to go along with some swelling and bleeding. I'm only a scientist, not a doctor, but when someone gets hit in the forehead area and blood comes from their nose, that would seem to indict a more serious injury. Good to know that's not the case so I don't feel quite as bad watching the above video on repeat.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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