Celebrating the Hard Way

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Posted By Tim Johnson 08:50 PM

UCLA second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla broke his wrist at the bottom of a celebratory dogpile after the Bruins beat the Cal State Fullerton Titans in Game 3 of the Los Angeles Super Regional this weekend. With the win, UCLA earned a spot in the College World Series, which begins Friday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

Rahmatulla reportedly didn't know he broke his wrist during the celebration, and it wasn't until x-rays on Tuesday revealed the damage. Regardless, Rahmatulla and his .328 batting average will miss the CWS. This injury comes recently after Kendry Morales of the Angels broke his ankle jumping onto home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam. Morales had surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

You have to feel for Rahmatulla since his broken wrist came on the eve of every college baseball player's dream -- i.e. taking the field in Omaha and competing for a National Championship. But freak stuff happens. Are players not supposed to dogpile? In walk-off homers since Morales' injury, big leaguers have made a conscious effort to tone down celebrations at the plate.

Rahmatulla could try to play in Omaha, I suppose, but broken wrists are disastrous for hitters. He would have to deal with the pain and the risk of further damage to his wrist. It would be stupid for Rahmatulla to give it a go considering a recurring wrist injury can impede on any dreams of a pro career.

It's too bad. Kid was just trying to have a little fun, but baseball definitely is a sport filled with freak injuries.