When Yadier Molina got hit in the crotch by a foul-tipped, 102-mph fastball on May 6, the medical personnel at Busch Stadium in St. Louis weren’t the only ones that sprang into action.
So did people who manufacture and sell athletic cups.
Craig Diamond of Diamond MMA said he mailed Molina one of his company’s protective cups about the same time the St. Louis Cardinals’ All-Star catcher had surgery for a traumatic hematoma.
Owners of a company called NuttyBuddy said they followed suit, shipping to Molina their uniquely shaped cup and a note that explained, “It’s anatomically correct.’’
And the founder of Armored Nutshellz told the Fox TV affiliate in St. Louis that the Cardinals bought bullet-resistant cups from the Missouri company soon after the injury that’s expected to sideline Molina for four weeks. That news report went viral thanks to video of Jeremiah Raber, founder of Armored Nutshellz, wearing a cup and taking a 9-millimeter bullet fired from a Smith & Wesson rifle – without the cup so much as cracking.
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