As a little league pitcher one season (a LONG time ago), I used to be scared of that happening. I once got hit on the shin, which knocked me down, but ricocheted (spelling?) over to first base for an easy out. Another time, a line drive went real near my head, and as I tried to twist out of the way, my glove hand caught the ball as I threw it behind me and to the side trying to avoid the ball. I guess you can say my glove caught the ball! In any event, after you've thrown the ball and all your weight is on the forward foot, you're kinda stuck without being able to move real fast. A little nerve-wracking.
My nephew took a shot in the ribs like this a few months back. For about 2 weeks, you could see the imprint of the ball's stitches on his skin.
"That's using your head!" Definately playing "Heads up ball!" Get it to first base any way you can.
What was that crazy sqawking sound after the guy got hit. Wierd.
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