Brandon McCarthy's teammates ensured his celebration was safe and drool-proof
On September 5, Brandon McCarthy took a comebacker off the side of his head. The right-hander suffered a fractured skull, a brain contusion and an epidural hemorrhage that required surgery to alleviate. It was a terrifying turn of events, but fortunately McCarthy is alright -- and the good humor he and everyone around him have displayed in the ordeal's aftermath has been downright delightful to witness.
First, McCarthy himself was cracking jokes about it via Twitter from his hospital bed. Then, his wife likened his half-shaven, scarred head to Two-Face. And on Monday night, during the clubhouse celebration after Oakland clinched a playoff spot, his teammates outfitted him with helmet and makeshift "drool cup" so he could safely participate in the fun. Brett Anderson tweeted it:
The twisted humor that everyone has been able to find in this scary situation has been awesome. And the best part is, despite the jokes about McCarthy being a drooling invalid, in truth that's not the case at all. He's been cleared to resume physical activity starting on October 5, will approach offseason training with no difference but monitoring concussion symptoms more closely and expects to return for Spring Training 2013.
-- Dan Wohl / MLB.com