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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cubs continue history of fingerless players

If the Cubs weren't doing so well this season, the filler between innings would just be par for the course.

Before I was told that I could win big money and fabulous prizes just for watching 90210, the announcer broke in with, "After the game, he nearly lost four of his fingers in an accident. Now he's playing for the Cubs..."

That seems to capture roughly 85 of the past 100 years for the home team.

So, somewhere along the way, I missed word that Koyie Hill cut the majority of fingers from his hand last October. That must make things difficult for a professional baseball player with no discernible soccer skills.

From the Daily Herald story:

The 29-year-old Hill, a journeyman catcher, was making a wood window frame for his house last Oct. 16 when he suffered a horrific injury, one that nearly cost him four of the fingers on his right hand.

"I don't talk about it much," said Hill, the son of a master carpenter. "It's just an accident with a table saw, something I've done a million times before. I was using a saw that's really bad about grabbing, and grabbed, and there it went."

There went Hill's thumb, his pinkie finger, his ring finger and half of his middle finger. Although Hill said he didn't have to pick any of his fingers up off the floor, he said some were hanging by small pieces of skin.

Yikes. And this is coming from someone who nearly severed their index finger as a child. Mega yikes.

Of course One and a Half Finger Hill is not to be confused with Three Finger Brown, who lost pieces of a few digits in a farming accident and further destroyed his pitching hand when he broke several more bones as the initial injury was healing.

Oh and for all of the lazy fans out there who are looking to grasp at straws, yes, Brown was one of the mainstays of the rotation when the Cubs last won the World Series. The first one to scream, "It's gonna happen!" gets a slap in the mouth.

Maybe the guys who make the Fukudome t-shirts can quickly turn their stock around to capitalize.

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