A frightening scene unfolded at Yankees Stadium on Wednesday as a 2-year-old girl was hit in the head by a foul ball during the Twins-Yankees game.
The game was delayed for nearly five minutes while many players from both teams had distressed looks on their faces and prayed for the girl.
She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where she spent the night at the hospital for observation.
The girl’s father provided an update on her condition, saying, “She’s doing alright. Just keep her in your thoughts.”
Child gets hit by a foul ball at Yankees game. The players’ reactions say it all. pic.twitter.com/YIyaBJq7tT
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 20, 2017
He also said, “She knows she got hit with a baseball.”
The girl was struck by a 105 mph foul ball off Todd Frazier’s bat. Frazier saw the ball go into the stands and hit the girl and he immediately dropped to a knee.
“I thought of my kids,” he said afterward. “I have two kids under 3 years old, and I just hope she’s alright.”
2day was tuff watching that little girl.I’ll be thinkin about her everyday n her family. Please keep this beautiful girl in ur prayers 2nite
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) September 21, 2017
Many stadiums have netting that extends to that part of the stands, but Yankees Stadium is one of the few that does not.
Brian Dozier of the Twins witnessed the accident from second base and was clearly agitated that there was not extended netting up to prevent this from happening.
“We’ve been trying to get these teams to put nets up,” Dozier said after the game. “Number one, you don’t bring kids down there. And number two, every stadium needs to have nets. That’s it. I don’t care about the damn view of the fan or what. It’s all about safety. I still have a knot in my stomach.”
The Yankees have been reluctant to put up extended netting despite multiple fans being struck by foul balls just this season. Two months ago a fan was struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge.
Afterward, the Yankees said they were “seriously exploring” an extension of the current netting to the ends of each dugout.
A New York politician is demanding action now.
“This injury could have been avoided,” Democratic Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. told the New York Post.
Espinal had introduced a bill to the City Council in May requiring any stadium with 5,000 or more seats to have netting from home plate to the foul pole, the Post reported. A hearing on the bill is set for Oct. 25.
“Other teams have extended netting and Major League Baseball should reconsider its regulations for netting,” he said.
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