After watching Tom Brady defeat the Jaguars with a boo-boo on his right hand, a violinist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has decided to perform this weekend, even after stubbing his pinky toe.
Dexter McLaren, a legendary violinist for the BSO, had an incredible practice with his co-performers last week. Upon finishing practice, McLaren celebrated by high-stepping his way off stage, Deion-Sanders style. In doing so, he accidentally stubbed his pinky toe on a cello. Luckily for the orchestra, the $50,000-cello remained structurally unharmed, but will require a new layer of dark maple-wood furnish at its base. But McLaren wasn’t as lucky. He suffered a bruised pinky toe.
The symphony’s medical staff released a statement saying that, “McLaren’s swelling has subsided with nightly icing.” The conductor told McLaren that he should take at least a week off to recover from the mental trauma of the incident, but McLaren refused.
“I can’t let my teammates down,” McLaren told the press. “And I’m not a <expletive> sissy. I’m an absolute savage. I’m the William Wallace of violinists.”
According to scientists, the pinky toe is one of the most important ligaments in a violinist’s body, as they frequently tap the floor with their feet to the beat of the music. Or for some musicians, the toe-tapping is a form of anxiety due to fear of the conductor yelling at them for a missed note.
McLaren has a career symphony record of 529 wins, 14 losses, and has won the championship 12 out of the last 15 years. “He really competes out there, and always grinds it out,” the conductor said of McLaren. “That’s why we signed him to a 27-year, 400-million dollar contract.”