Darren Moscoe, better known as the Boogie Man at Kentucky basketball home games, will be a wallflower for a while. He is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday after being hit in the face by a batted ball while playing softball.
Moscoe, who turns 50 on Wednesday, was pitching in a church softball game in Frankfort last Tuesday. A batter hit a line drive that smashed into his face.
"Landed fast as ever right to my face," he said Monday.
When asked how much time he had to react to the on-rushing softball, Moscoe said, "Whew! Maybe one or two seconds. That ball was like watching Tasmania."
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Moscoe sustained a broken nose and two black eyes. "It made my teeth go backwards," he said. "It gave me lots of headaches. Can't breathe out of my nose. I got sore gums."
Moscoe's surgery will be at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He expressed confidence that he will be dancing to the Tommy James hit Mony Mony again next season.