Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez had a rough winter, as he had to sit around and wait for months only to sign a one-year, low-money deal for someone with his closing experience. That seemed weird, but we didn't have the proper context for weird until now. Perspective on K-Rod and weird:
Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus yesterday. First freak incident of camp. Status for tomorrow's game unknown right now. #Brewers— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 12, 2014
How do you accidentally step on a cactus? I ask this both in a mocking and curious tone, just in case randomly stepping on cacti is the kind of thing that happens in Arizona if you don't keep your wits about you, or even if you do, like little desert bee hives lying in wait for a reason to attack.
This isn't a common occurrence, either. Search for players who have stepped on cactus during spring training, and you mostly get "Cactus League" results. You're playing in a league named after the things: be on the lookout!
Luckily for Rodriguez and the Brewers, there doesn't appear to be any real damage. Mostly just the cartoonish kind:
Rodriguez/cactus incident not a huge deal -- working on pulling barbs out of his foot at this point.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 12, 2014
All I can picture is Looney Tunes'd K-Rod carefully picking barbs out of his foot with a pair of tweezers while over-sized cartoon tears fall from his eyes, all with Roadrunner running around freely in the distance.