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Child Hospitalized After Being Bloodied by Line Drive at Yankees Game (VIDEO)
A young fan was struck in the head and seriously injured by a 105 mph line drive at Wednesday’s game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The terrifying incident occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. The toddler was sitting with her grandparents down the third base line when she was struck by a hard line drive off the bat of Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier. The game stopped immediately as fans in the girl’s section stood and frantically motioned for medical attention.
On the field, players from both teams looked on in total agony as the girl was carried away by paramedics. Yankees slugger Matt Holiday wiped away angry tears as he appeared to make a case for extending the protective netting that currently ends at the dugouts.
[Warning: the following video is upsetting.]
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
Matt Holliday ain’t happy about this.
— Invicto (@Ernzcognito) September 20, 2017
The little girl was transported to the nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. The Yankees could not officially confirm her condition after the game. However, her father spoke briefly with reporters at the hospital. While he did not give any specifics about the injury, he said it was “too early to tell” if she’ll need surgery.
“She’s doing all right. Just keep her in your thoughts,” he told WABC-NY.
Numerous Yankees players were visibly upset while talking to reporters after the game.
“It was terrible,” Frazier said, tears in his eyes. “I was shaken up a little bit. I hope she is all right. It is something that I wish never happened. It was tough. Tough to watch. Tough to be a part of, to be honest.”
In the visiting dugout, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said he doesn’t care about “the damn view,” stadiums need more nets.