The number one rule of watching baseball at the stadium — always keep an eye out for foul balls making a beeline to your head. For one Yankees fan, the day still didn’t go as planned despite following this rule.
Unfortunately, it’s all too common for fans to get hit with a ball while in the stands. These hits have been known to do serious damage as well. In fact, people over the years have died or had serious injuries as a result of getting hit at an MLB game.
Yankees Fan Hit by Ball
On Thursday (August 19), a young fan was hit right in the forehead after the New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton hit a laser home run to the short porch at right field. The Yankees were playing the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
Footage of the home run shows that it left the park in less than three seconds. The young fan has a glove and tries to get it up to catch the ball. Despite his best efforts, the fastball still collides directly with his head.
Just seconds after the collision, the young fan can be seen laughing about the injury. Right as he is hit everyone in the stands rushes to where the kid was hit. This is likely to help the boy or to look for the foul ball, both are possible.
Even after getting hit with the ball, the fan wasn’t able to keep that ball. However, an umpire was nice enough to give him a ball to forever remember the day, which was likely a mixture of amazing and awful.
The young kid seems to be okay after the incident. The Yankees were more than okay. The team finished off the day by beating the Twins 7-5.
The entire situation could have gone much, much worse as it has during past MLB games. A tragedy happened back in August 2020 when a woman was hit in the head by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium.
Incidents with Foul Ball Injuries
According to ESPN, Linda Goldbloom, who was a mother of three and grandmother of seven, passed away on August 29. The coroner report said she died from “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma” from the foul ball. She was hit on August 25. Media coverage of the game did not show the path of the ball at all.
Ushers came to see if she was okay and then EMTs came to rush her to the hospital. She was at the game celebrating her recent 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary. There have been two other instances during MLB’s 150-year history in which fans died by a ball that struck them outside of the field of play.
There have been several calls to raise the nets higher and to cover all parts of the park where fans are exposed with this netting. Fans can be more distracted now than in the past given the attachment to smartphones and other devices.