It is one of the taboos of sport, proper ball care. Until recently few in professional, collegiate or recreational pursuits were willing to discuss this topic openly. Then a seminal moment occurred in 2005 when Chicago Cubs Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra suffered an avulsion of the adductor longus muscle. The whole world witnessed the horror of the exploding crotch dots and the possible destruction of a legend.
Yet Garciaparra would perservere to become a catalyst behind a campaign to encourage others to speak out for better ball care practices. This announcement was part of that vaunted campaign that propelled ball health to the forefront of the sports nation’s consciousness.