Wonder what it feels like to be hit by big-league pitch? This says it all
MAR 14, 2014 8:41p ET
Ballplayers might not get the same acclaim as being tough athletes as say, hockey players. The game is slower, there's nowhere near as much player-to-player contact, and other than the occasional bench-clearing brawl, fighting isn't the norm on the diamond.
But if you've ever wondered what it feels like when a major-league batter gets nailed with a fastball, look no further than the Indians' Jason Kipnis.
In Thursday's spring training matchup with the Royals, the Cleveland second baseman took a Jeremy Guthrie heater to his lower back. Usually when a player takes a pitch to the back, fans might think it doesn't hurt as much. Think again.
Just look at the nasty mark left from that pitch:
At least Kipnis is preparing himself for the rigors of the regular season by taking his lumps in spring training. I'm guessing that's going to leave a bruise well past Opening Day.