In retrospect, perhaps the sound should have been a the first tip-off that this was no ordinary incident in which a batter is struck by a pitch and trots to first base.
Rhymes was unhurt and off to first he went. That’s when it became apparent that this was no ordinary “hit by pitch” from Boston Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales in the eighth inning in Tampa. Rhymes’s legs suddenly turned to overcooked spaghetti, he took a few steps toward the dugout and sank to the ground in the arms of first-base coach George Hendrick. “I got to first and started getting real dizzy, nauseous,” Rhymes said. “That's when I started walking off. And then, apparently, I didn't get real far.”
It was weird, it was scary and, in the end, it was even funny. Rhymes, who was carted off, examined and X-rayed in the locker room, suffered what the Rays said was an adrenaline rush and a bruised arm.
“It literally hit me as hard on the bone, pretty much, as you can be hit. I was like, ‘That's broken,’ ” Rhymes said via tampabay.com. “I'm shocked [that X-rays were negative].”
Rhymes said “my lights went out” for a few moments. “My heart stopped,” Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine said after Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win. “That was not a good sight. That was scary.”
It was, although not particularly to Rhymes. When paramedics followed their routine and asked him his name, “I told them I was Batman just to mess with them.”