Another baseball fan was hit by a foul ball over the weekend. Now the Los Angeles Dodgers are thinking about expanding their safety netting at their stadium. I have been to a lot of ball games and parents take really young kids to the game. It’s hard to pay 100% attention to whats going on on the playing field. I don’t have 100% of my attention sometimes. The last Sod Poodles game I was at A foul ball was headed towards the kids playing area. I yelled “Heads Up,” which meaning a ball is coming your way. If you’ve played sports you know the term. If not you’re probably going “What?” The woman that almost got hit didn’t move at all and I wasn’t more than 30 feet from her. When the ball landed I think she realized why I was yelling. She just had a nervous smile like “Oops.”
At one of the Sox games I was at I saw a foul ball hit a fan and when the ball hit the fan it sounded like it was a ball hit by a bat. He immediately screamed and fell to the ground and covered his face. The fan was on his cellphone. That’s why you have to pay attention to what’s going on during a game. I was afraid of what I was going to see when I got to the fan. He had a knot on his head and probably had a headache that night. He did make to the game the next night.
Back to the Dodgers game, the fan that was hit by the ball was in the fourth row and decided to stay where she was before she was taken to the hospital out of precaution. First baseman Cody Bellinger that hit the foul ball checked on the fan in between innings. After the game Bellinger said he would be in support of extending netting at baseball stadiums. Last year a Dodgers fan died days after being struck by a ball.
Last month a 4 year old girl was hit by a foul ball at a Cubs-Astros game. The balls are hit so fast even if you’re a parent or fan around someone you may not be able to react and stop the ball in time.
I feel for the players because there’s nothing they can do when the ball comes off the bat. I know they must feel sick to their stomach when a fan is injured.