Ex-Twin LaTroy Hawkins gets hit in balls with a ball, offers great quote afterward [GIFs]

During the 12th inning of game last night, former Twin LaTroy Hawkins -- still pitching in the big leagues at the ripe old age of 40 (he debuted with the Twins in 1995!) -- got smoked right in the balls with a ball.

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To make matters worse, he wasn't wearing a cup. Ouch!

Here's a GIF of that unfortunate play:

He was hurting, but stayed in the game. And of course, a bewildered-looking Hawkins could do nothing but watch with a bewildered look on his face as the very next batter blasted a game-tying home run (the Mets ultimately lost):

After the game, Hawkins offered up this unforgettable quote about how it felt to get hit in his man jewels with no protection to soften the blow:

"It was a direct hit -- no cup. When I lifted my leg, I could feel my balls in my throat."

Apparently, he wasn't exaggerating:

Later, Hawkins tweeted that he wasn't looking forward to the bus ride from L.A. to San Diego:

Hawkins, according to Deadspin, also said he might reconsider his no-cup stance. Apparently even 40-year-old pro athletes can learn something new, especially when their balls get crushed in more ways than one.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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