Zambrano Doesn’t Let A Cracked Tooth Stop Him

Carlos Zambrano did it all against the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Not only did the Cubs ace toss 7 innings of 1-run ball to go along with his game- winning homer, but he managed to do so with only half of his upper right molar intact.

(I’m okay, it wath only my toof.)

Prior to the start of the fifth inning, Cubs trainer Mark O’Neal rushed to the mound to tend to a grimacing Zambrano without knowing his dentistry problem. By the time he got there, Big Z had remedied the situation by spitting out the cracked piece of molar, and after a brief mound conference, he was primed to pitch again.

Check out the root (tee-hee!) of the injury, after the jump.

Now, how on earth did Carlos manage to crack a tooth during a baseball game? Luckily, the CHICAGO TRIBUNE (via LAND OF DAVE CORZINE) has the answer,

“I think I ate too much gum, and the gum has a lot of sugar,” Zambrano said. “I keep telling my daughter not to eat a lot of gum and I’m not a good example. I think my daughters will be all over me at the house. I accept it.”

I’m not a gum-chewer myself, but I can’t understand how it’s humanly possible to crack a molar on what is basically a piece of flavored rubber.

Unless, of course, he got that piece of gum from of a pack of ‘87 Topps.

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