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Witherspoon Fears Shot to the Face

4/12/2009 5:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Not willing to risk her A-list face and chin, Reese Witherspoon wore a protective mask while playing softball with her daughter on Friday.

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Jake Gyllenhaal's girlfriend ain't taking a ball to the face for just anyone.

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Sue    

She's setting a wonderful example for her child. Would you mock her for wearing a helmut while riding a bike? Softball injuries can be extremely serious. Some leagues, and even some states - madate the wearing of masks for pitcher, 1st & 3rd in youth sports. Leave Reese alone - she's a good mom.

1928 days ago
17.

Shame Shame Shame    

It's not play with her kids. There is no playing with Reese. She is all business.

This is her getting ready for a new movie she is doing with director James Brooks, where she plays a professional softball player. She even mentioned it on the Today's when she was promoting Monster vs. Aliens.

"It's a movie with Jim Brooks and Paul Rudd and Bill Murray. I don't know what the title is. I really have been making a movie with Jim Brooks for about two years now and one day we'll start filming and it will be fantastic!

"We haven't shot the movie yet. I play a professional softball player."

1928 days ago
18.

tonetonetone    

Accidents can happen anywhere...this is just ridiculous and a bit extreme....if youre one of the stupid people that believe in god, then you probably believe that if god's plan is for your life to come crashing to an end by a softball to the head, then that little piece of plastic headgear probably isnt going to save you.....I dont have a clue as to the age of her daughter, but I am guessing she's a toddler, which makes it even more extreme...which essetially means Reese has no softball playing skills or her daughter can hit a softball better than any other child that ever lived....dont worry "little girl Witherspoon"...your parents are rich and can afford to send you to a therapist after they F you up....
Oh yeah...HAPPY EASTER, YA'ALL

1928 days ago
19.

Tim    

Reese Witherspoon is Jake Gyllenhaal's BEARD.
Those two fools make one boring FAUXMANCE.

1928 days ago
20.

justsaying    

Reese proves the fact that God's plan is to have men be with women and women be with men. She need's to have her ex husband playing baseball with the children. That mask instills in her children the belief that baseball is something to be feared. A man removes that. There won't be any major leaguers coming out of that house if she stays on the field.

1928 days ago
21.

duDe    

Might as well hire a Friday the 13Th player!

1928 days ago
22.

We know who is unethical    

This is so rich. Why? Because what do Reese and Jake have in common? They both take BALLS to the face! Only difference is that Reese protects her face where Jake loves the facials!

The real question is if she wears a bike helmet?

1928 days ago
23.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

I FAIL TO SEE ANY BEAUTY IN THIS LANTERN-JAWED BROAD WHO'S BUILT LIKE AN IRONING BOARD. GYLLENHAAL HAS PECULIAR TASTE IN WOMEN, IF THIS IS THE BEST HE CAN FALL IN LOVE WITH. HE'D BE BETTER OFF STICKING WITH BOYS. HE PRFERS THEM OVER GIRLS ANYWAY SO WHY NOT STOP PLAYING THESE SILLY "MACHO" GAMES AND BE WHAT HE IS? (RHETORICAL QUESTION.)

1928 days ago
24.

Jen    

It's called a Game Face and it's protective gear idiots! It should be mandatory that all in-fielders wear them. My kids had braces and I made them wear them too.

1928 days ago
25.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

THIS IS OBVIOUSLY ANOTHER OF MS. WITHERSPOON'S PHOTO "EVENTS." THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY A PUBLICITY WHORE. IF SHE DIDN'T WANT ANY PAPS AROUND, SHE WOULD HAVE PULLED OFF THIS NONSENSE IN HER OWN BACKYARD. LOTTA PUSSIE IS RIGHT. SHE'S NO GREAT BEAUTY. I'M SURE JAKE COULD FIND A MORE ATTRACTIVE "BEARD" THAN THIS BARGAIN.

1928 days ago
26.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

I AGREE WITH BOTH LOTTA PUSSIE AND PANDORA CROTCH. JAKE AND REESE ARE A PERFECT PAIR, SINCE THEY'RE EACH FULFILLING THE OTHER'S NEED, NEITHER IS MUCH OF AN ACTOR BUT IS GREAT AT BEING A PUBLICITY WHORE, AND THE TWO OF THEM BORE SHE HELL OUT OF ME.

1928 days ago
27.

xcalibur    

LMAO!!!! IF SHE'S ANY POSITION BUT A CATCHER SHE IS A TOTAL DOUCHE BAG-GESS. HAHAHA!

1928 days ago
28.

DrTrish    

Hello? Safety?! Natasha Richardson, who was also a mom and should have worn a helmet? ...

This is a no-brainer. Reese is doing the right thing. I can't believe this is even a topic of conversation, and how quickly everyone forgets.

1928 days ago
29.

TheMizzz    

The hottie and the nottie.
Jake is hot, Reese is not!

1928 days ago
30.

Softball Mom    

Good Job Reese! I think she is setting a really good example for her daughter. My daughter plays softball and has since she was 4. She is now 13 and pitches at approx 60 miles per hour. Face masks are good and becoming required in many leagues. And for the previous poster that said that a 9-10 year old can't hit a ball that fast...think again. They can nail that ball. Again! Good Job Reese!

1928 days ago
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