First, lets get the important stuff out of the way. During lunch on Thursday, Erick Aybar had a very real health scare, but appears to be ok.
Erick Aybar was taken to a nearby hospital to have a chicken bone removed from his throat.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 19, 2016
#Braves SS Erick Aybar got a chicken bone stuck in throat at lunch, taken to doctor to be sedated and have it removed.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) May 19, 2016
Based on the timing of the tweets and the general tone, it appears that Aybar will be okay for what was a very legitimate and scary thing to have happen. We wish Erick an quick and easy recovery.
In terms of baseball news, Aybar was in the lineup for the game tonight but I would put his chances at around 0% to make an appearance given that he had to be sedated to removed the obstructive poultry remnant.
Given that he is going to be okay as far as we know, its easy to make light of the situation as its a very odd injury/incident involving a player who has been among the absolute worst in major league baseball this season. The internet, in particular Twitter, knew it was its time to shine. Here are some gems from the Twitterverse.
Erick Aybar, with a chicken bone, in the throat would be the all time winner of Braves Injury Clue.— Dayton from Nebraska (@BravesAmerica) May 19, 2016
Predicting huge hot streak for Aybar, after his deboning. Add in all formats.— Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) May 19, 2016
Some even folded in the flub where Fredi Gonzalez sorta found out about his firing
What’s worse, the chicken found out in an email. https://t.co/FBL5VEDjgp— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) May 19, 2016
Chicken bones & automated flight reminders. When your team is awful you find happiness in the oddest places.— Dayton from Nebraska (@BravesAmerica) May 19, 2016
While others were not so subtle digs at how bad Aybar has been this season or were just generally hilarious.
we've reached the point where I am genuinely concerned for Erick Aybar's basic motor skills https://t.co/Dgt2ya3Jg8— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) May 19, 2016
Erick Aybar vs. Ernie The Giant Chicken? pic.twitter.com/HUDTTCrIFs— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 19, 2016
Erick Aybar's biggest E6 of the season apparently came at the dinner table.— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 19, 2016
Aybar victimized by a hit-n-run play. Fortunately, they got a description of the perp: pic.twitter.com/bEtdLAGJJc— Carpe Bravos⚾ (@carpengui) May 19, 2016
A chicken bone in his throat is the first thing Aybar has caught all year.— Dayton from Nebraska (@BravesAmerica) May 19, 2016
In Aybar's defense, his defense has been a little hard to swallow so far this season— The Notorious B.O.G. (@BravesOptions) May 19, 2016
Here's to you, internet. The most important thing is that Aybar is okay, but Braves Twitter did not disappoint when it came to making light of the situation. Keep being you, guys....keep being you.