Taking a child to their first major sporting event is exciting, but it can also lead to tragedies if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time or there isn’t enough protection. A story published by Yahoo! talks about this.
In May, a toddler was struck in the head with a foul ball during a game between the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs. That child is still being treated for the brain injury and skull fracture she received.
Thanks to the injury, she has to take anti-seizure medication. The injury is likely to be permanent and has been described as stroke-like. So far, no legal action has been taken against the team or the stadium.
During the incident, the child was sitting in her grandfather’s lap near the edge of the third-base netting. The ball went over the safety netting and hit the child.
This incident, along with other foul ball injuries, has pushed several MLB teams to extend the netting. The commissioner has stated that all teams will have extended nets for the 2020 season.
Since 2012, 800 people have been injured by foul balls and there has been at least one death. Players are glad about the safety changes. We hope that they are effective and prevent future accidents.