Dodgers catcher goes on DL after no-hitter celebration goes awry


Oh, it’s fun until somebody gets hurt. (Eric Hartline / USA Today)

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle and a red face on Monday, the day after he hurt himself with an overly enthusiastic celebration of Josh Beckett’s no-hitter.

And, no, Ellis wasn’t the catcher behind the plate for the no-no, either. In the crush of the jubilating crowd at home plate, Ellis had the misfortune of stepping on the mask that catcher Drew Butera had thrown down.

“I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened,” said Ellis, who had just come off the DL on May 13 after recovering from knee surgery. “Rolled it pretty good. I’m beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked.”

Maybe he should call Gus Frerotte, the former Washington Redskins quarterback who hurt his neck with a head-first celebration into a wall. Or Kendry Morales, who broke his leg with a celebratory leap onto home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam. Or Bill Gramatica, who tore his ACL celebrating a field goal. Or Lindsey Vonn, who severed a thumb tendon opening a bottle of champagne. (Okay, that one isn’t so bad.)

H/T SI Vault for the Agony of Ecstasy

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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