A line-drive foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. missed the netting protecting fans down the third base line and struck a child in the crowd of Houston’s Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The child was then carried out of the stands for medical care and taken to a hospital.
According to the Twitter account for Houston radio station KBME 790 AM (SportsTalk790), the child, reportedly a girl, was expected to be OK.
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Almora was visibly upset, and he eventually struck out to conclude his fourth-inning at-bat. After the half-inning ended, he went over to a security guard in the section where the child was hit to inquire about the injury. He and the security guard embraced. and Almora was visibly sobbing after they spoke.
After the Cubs’ 2-1 win ended, the Astros released a statement, saying the fan “that was struck by a foul ball during tonight’s game was taken to the hospital. We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.”
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Major League Baseball mandated in 2015 that protective netting be extended further down the foul lines, and all 30 teams complied,...
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