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A baseball game can be a dangerous place for spectators. Unfortunately, we were reminded of that fact last night during a game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The incident occurred during the top of the second inning, when A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a grounder to second base that shattered his bat and sent the barrel soaring a few rows into the seats behind home plate, on the third base side. That’s where it struck the woman, Tonya Carpenter, in the head.
Carpenter, 44, was at the game with her son and a male friend. After being hit by the bat, the man tended to her until medical personnel arrived, while nearby fans consoled her visibly-shaken son. Once the second inning was over, play was delayed while Tonya was loaded onto a stretcher and taken through the field to a nearby ambulance, where she was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, reports today have stated that the woman’s condition is improving.
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Hospital has released the following statement:
“Tonya’s family and loved ones are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers but are requesting privacy at this time as Tonya recovers.”
Here’s footage of the medical team rushing Tonya off the field:
And here’s a report on the incident from ESPN: