Daniel W. Drezner

I’d blog more if it wasn’t for that darn Jacuzzi-tusion

In honor of the the 10-year anniversary of Cal Ripken’s breaking Lou Gehrig’s iron-man streak in baseball, Jayson Stark has an amusing column at ESPN.com on his “favorite injuries, calamities or miscellaneous excuses for missing games during Ripken’s fabled streak.” Go check them out — my two favorites: [Atlanta Braves pitcher] Pascual Perez missed a ...

In honor of the the 10-year anniversary of Cal Ripken’s breaking Lou Gehrig’s iron-man streak in baseball, Jayson Stark has an amusing column at ESPN.com on his “favorite injuries, calamities or miscellaneous excuses for missing games during Ripken’s fabled streak.” Go check them out — my two favorites:

  • [Atlanta Braves pitcher] Pascual Perez missed a start because he couldn’t find the stadium, drove 100 miles on a loop freeway around Atlanta, circled the city two hours, missed his exit five times.
  • Reds pitcher Johnny Ruffin hurt his knee watching television.
  • I was convinced that last one had to be a misprint, but I stumbled across this fine Peter Gammons column on Ripken that mentioned the same injury:

    Cincinnati?s Johnny Ruffin was unavailable to pitch when he sat down on a couch in the players’ lounge to watch television and his knee popped out of joint.

    Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies. His latest book is The Toddler in Chief. Twitter: @dandrezner

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