Tigers Pitcher Not Very Guitar Heroic
from the zoom-zoom-strum-strum dept
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joel Zumaya missed three games during this past year’s ALCS because of pains in his right wrist and forearm. Sure, sounds normal enough for a pitcher who is regarded as one of the fastest pitchers in baseball, but, it was recently reported that the cause of the injury was his continued play of the video game, Guitar Hero. His doctors diagnosed his pain as something more consistent with a guitar player than a pitcher, and as soon as he stopped playing, the pain went away and he went on to pitch in the World Series. We’ve seen before that video games are great to mentally prepare for the next day’s game. But, with the latest gaming consoles causing injuries well beyond just “Nintendo Thumb”, could a “no-gaming-during-the-season” clause be on the horizon for player contracts? In any case, it’s a good thing that Guitar Hero 2 wasn’t released until after the World Series — the newest version of the game allows for two players to strum cooperatively, which could have taken out two guys out of the Tiger’s bullpen.