Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a definitely a great baseball player.
He earned the position of starting shortstop for the Rangers at just 20 and in 2007 was named no.2 prospect while at the Atlanta Braves. But did you know he once missed a game because of a tattoo!
Back in 2013 Andrus was scheduled to play in a spring training game, but had to pull out due to muscle soreness. What was the soreness caused by, well, a big ass tattoo!!
Andrus' tattoo features two of the most important things in his life, baseball and his father. Andrus' father, Emilio, died of cancer when Andrus was seven. Emilio is the prominent feature of the tribute tattoo, though there is also a nod to the sport Andrus loves so much with the crossed baseball bats and the bottom of the piece... Did you know Andrus also has a pre-game ritual involving his father, before every game he writes 'Emilio' into the infield dirt.
Although the ink made him miss a game Andrus doesn't regret it, “It was do it now or never...I’m really proud of this. It’s something that’s going to be with me forever.” Though it is now fair to say that the Rangers will have a strictly off-season only tattoo policy!