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SEE IT: Scary Moment Mets’ Player Takes Fastball to the Face

The crowd was STUNNED.

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Baseball is back, with what should be a full-length season, and with only minimal coronavirus interruptions so far.

And, even better yet, there are fans in the stands all around the nation, including some stadiums that are back at full capacity.

Players have been openly enthused about having thousands of fans cheering them on once again, and there is little doubt that the energy has translated into some exciting moments.

But the game isn’t all cheers and jeers.  Sometimes, it’s a quiet fear that encapsulates the ballpark.

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Such was the case this week in Atlanta.

New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was involved in a scary scene Monday night against the Atlanta Braves when he was struck in the face by a pitch in the seventh inning.

Pillar was up with the bases loaded when he took a 94 mph pitch to the face from Braves pitcher Jacob Webb. Somehow, Pillar was able to get up and walk back to the dugout under his own power.

He offered an update on his condition hours after he was removed from the game.

“Thanks to everyone that has reached out! Scary moment but I’m doing fine!” he tweeted.

The awful moment was caught on video, but we must warn you, this could be tough to watch.

Pillar suffered from a number of nasal fractures, and will be seeking medical treatment in Atlanta as the team continues this series.

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WATCH: College Coach Gets Mayo Bath After Big Bowl Win

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While college football has long been steeped in tradition, there’s a very real possibility that we’ve hit the limit.

In Auburn, you have the toilet-papering of the local trees after a big win.  At Georgia Tech, the Ramblin’ Wreck motors out onto the field before every home game.  In Death Valley, (the one in South Carolina), Clemson players all pay tribute to a rock before taking to the gridiron.

And now, after you win the Duke Mayonnaise Bowl, the winning coach gets absolutely drenched in the popular sandwich spread.

The new college football tradition of dumping food on top of a winning coach after a bowl game now includes mayonnaise.

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South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was the recipient of a mayo bath after the Gamecocks beat North Carolina 38-21 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

And, because you have to witness this nightmare to believe it:

How did they get these otherwise serious college coaches to agree to the eggy, oily shower?

Both Beamer and North Carolina coach Mack Brown agreed ahead of time to get doused with mayo if their team won the game. Duke’s agreed to donate $10,000 to charity if the winning coach would agree to a mayo bath.

Coaches beware:  You’re going to need some goggles if Frank’s Red Hot ever sponsors a bowl game.

While college football has long been steeped in tradition, there’s a very real possibility that we’ve hit the limit. In Auburn, you have the toilet-papering of the local trees after a big win.  At Georgia Tech, the Ramblin’ Wreck motors out onto the field before every home game.  In Death Valley, (the one in South Carolina), Clemson players all pay tribute to a rock before taking to the gridiron. And now, after you win the Duke Mayonnaise Bowl, the winning coach gets absolutely drenched in the popular sandwich spread. The new college football tradition of dumping food on top of a winning coach after a bowl game now includes mayonnaise. South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was the recipient of a mayo bath after the Gamecocks beat North Carolina 38-21 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. And, because you have to witness this nightmare to believe it: https://twitter.com/YahooSportsCFB/status/1476642499733213186?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1476642499733213186%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fca.sports.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Fsouth-carolina-coach-shane-beamer-gets-mayonnaise-dumped-on-his-head-after-dukes-mayo-bowl-win-200544852.html How did they get these otherwise serious college coaches to agree to the eggy, oily shower? Both Beamer and North Carolina coach Mack Brown agreed ahead of time to get doused with mayo if their team won the game. Duke’s agreed to donate $10,000 to charity if the winning coach would agree to a mayo bath. Coaches beware:  You’re going to need some goggles if Frank’s Red Hot ever sponsors a bowl game.

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COVID-19 Shuts Down Major American Sports League

Is omicron coming for your favorite sport next?

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Over the course of the last several weeks, the omicron variant of COVID-19 has begun to spread swiftly throughout the world, thankfully with mostly mild effects and a low rate of severe illness associated with it.

But, while fewer people appear to be getting deathly ill from omicron, it’s still pinging all sorts of precautionary protocols for companies and organizations who require testing.  This includes one of America’s most beloved sports leagues, who announced late on Monday that they’d be temporarily suspending the season in order to get a better hold on the situation.

The NHL took to Twitter late Monday to announce a brief pause to its season, two games before a scheduled Christmas break due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The post said that team facilities will be closed through Christmas, and players will report back to their teams on Dec. 26, “which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only.”

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ESPN reported that 11 teams have suspended operations this week due to coronavirus infections and more than 15% of its players were in virus protocols. The league said no player can enter facilities—unless they are being tested—until they have a negative test result.

The full statement can be read below:

There have been similar issues of player availability in both the NFL and NBA of late, with both leagues considering rule and schedule changes in an effort to accommodate the the fans and the teams themselves.

Over the course of the last several weeks, the omicron variant of COVID-19 has begun to spread swiftly throughout the world, thankfully with mostly mild effects and a low rate of severe illness associated with it. But, while fewer people appear to be getting deathly ill from omicron, it’s still pinging all sorts of precautionary protocols for companies and organizations who require testing.  This includes one of America’s most beloved sports leagues, who announced late on Monday that they’d be temporarily suspending the season in order to get a better hold on the situation. The NHL took to Twitter late Monday to announce a brief pause to its season, two games before a scheduled Christmas break due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. The post said that team facilities will be closed through Christmas, and players will report back to their teams on Dec. 26, “which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only.” ESPN reported that 11 teams have suspended operations this week due to coronavirus infections and more than 15% of its players were in virus protocols. The league said no player can enter facilities—unless they are being tested—until they have a negative test result. The full statement can be read below: https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/status/1473128722484113412?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1473128722484113412%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fnhl-says-it-will-pause-season-due-to-covid-19-concerns There have been similar issues of player availability in both the NFL and NBA of late, with both leagues considering rule and schedule changes in an effort to accommodate the the fans and the teams themselves.

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