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Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 4:23 pm
By Matt Snyder

Just under a week ago, Marlon Byrd was struck with a pitch in the face and suffered several facial fractures. He's out indefinitely while his face heals, with no real expectation on when he might be able to come back.

Friday, he was interviewed about the HBP on a Chicago-area radio station. As would be expected from a stand-up guy like Byrd, he was honest and respectful.

Honest about how he's not sure how he'll react when he does dig back into the batter's box.

"You know, I see a pitch coming, do I flinch? Do I just stay in there? It's just going to be one of those things where until you see baseball activity, you don't know how you're going to respond." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

And he was respectful in that he was asked about Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves, who threw the errant heater that struck Byrd's face -- specifically, whether Byrd had received an apology for the pitch.

"No, no, no, there's no need to talk," Byrd said. "It's just one of those things where ... things happen, he wasn't trying to hit me. It's baseball."

Kudos to Byrd here. Obviously, it's what he should say, but there are many who would be bitter about any pitch coming up and in -- even if it didn't hit them. Byrd took a pitch to the face and is ready to forgive and forget.

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Category: MLB

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:19 am

Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

Good for you Bryd!  Don't let a dumb pitch get you angry.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 2:40 am

Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

so your saying if Acevo does not apologize, we cub fans should expect that A-Gon is going to get drilled in the face from one of the cubs pitchers?

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:26 pm

Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

Wishing for a full and speedy recovery.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:31 pm

Byrd speaks on taking pitch to face

You know who else never received an apology?   Kevin Youkilis from when that punk Rick Porcello hit him.   Payback tonight baby!!

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