The odd codes of baseball were on display Thursday night in Chicago -- Carl Pavano accidentally hit Paul Konerko in the face with a pitch, setting off a chain reaction of baseball logic and justice.
Konerko, knowing it wasn't intentional and being pretty darn tough, got up and went to first -- only to retaliate by homering in his next at-bat.
Before Konerko had his chance to respond with the homer, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle decided he needed to intentionally hit the Twins' first batter, Michael Cuddyer, because the Twins accidentally hit his player. Cuddyer, apparently, understood and just took his base. Does all that seem right?
In baseball world, it was.
"I think everybody handled it right," Konerko told the Chicago Tribune . "Mike Cuddyer was perfect. He knows the game. Everybody involved in that little situation last night handled it perfectly. Unfortunately, you don't see that too much nowadays. The umpires handled it perfectly as well."
As if his homer wasn't proof enough that he was fine, Konerko said he was OK a day later, suffering from just a fat lip and a sore nose.
"Any time you get hit up in that area, your first thought is the eye," Konerko said. "You want to make sure both your eyes are OK, or at least your left one. After that, just checking my teeth and after that, everything is kinda replaceable."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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