Baseball players are weird. They pull weird pranks, believe in weird superstitions, crack weird jokes and have weird unwritten rules. But the weirdest thing about them has to be their fascination with urine. From Moises Alou peeing on his hands to toughen them up to Rich Hill doing the same to help heal blisters, these dudes just love to piss on themselves.
Now, Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon is taking players’ interest in urine to the next level.
Taillon told the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune on Sunday that he is so desperate to heal a cut on his middle finger that not only will he consider peeing on it, he’ll let teammates have a go.
Chief among the many suggestions he’s received from well-meaning friends and fans is this one that he hasn’t tried, but is considering: peeing on his finger.
“I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee,” he said Sunday, two days after the injury forced him to leave the game three innings into it.
“I don’t care. I just want it to go away.”
Taillon seems to be joking, but you never know. No player wants to miss time, especially when he’s allowed only one run in his last eight innings and seems to be finding his groove after a rough start to the season.
“If it helps, I would do it,” he told the Review-Tribune. “I’m not scared, man. I just need to be out on the field.”
Taillon left his start against San Francisco after three innings Friday due to his finger injury. He is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the White Sox, but general manager Neal Huntington has indicated that the Pirates plan to be cautious.
Taillon has already overcome cancer in his young career, so we’re quite confident he can overcome this cut on his finger, with urine or without.