We’re barely a day into spring training and we already have a winner for the weirdest offseason injury/experience/happening.
We learned Tuesday that Royals lefty pitcher Brian Flynn will miss eight weeks because of a broken rib and other injuries received when he fell through the roof of his Oklahoma barn just days before reporting to camp.
Not to make light of a potentially horrible thing, and though Flynn’s mishap didn’t actually occur at spring training, Flynn’s descent through the barn air joins a hallowed list of other freak springtime incidents that left us scratching our heads.
“This is where I wanted to be,” Pierre-Paul told the team’s website. “I couldn’t imagine me being anywhere else. I’m back for four years and I’m ready to get after it. It means a Discount Bike Jerseys lot to me, because I started here, and obviously I want to finish here. I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my [2010 NFL Draft] class. I’m the only one left in my class here. It means a lot. We won a Super Bowl here, and I’m looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.”
New York placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, 28, after he recorded a team-high seven sacks as well as 16 QB hits and 53 combined tackles in 12 games in 2016, playing on a one-year contract worth $10 million.
Though he suffered a season-ending groin injury in Week 13, it served as a bounceback season for the seven-year veteran after he suffered severe hand injuries in a July 4, 2015, fireworks accident.
“We’re happy to get a long-term deal with Jason,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “Not only is he one of our best players, he is one of our leaders.”
In 95 regular-season games with the Giants, Pierre-Paul has recorded 50 sacks, 355 tackles (256 solo), 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.