Update: Toddler Hit by Line Drive at Yankees Game Suffered Broken Face, Bleeding on the Brain
Geoffrey Jacobson, the father of the little girl hit by a line drive at Yankee Stadium last month, spoke publicly for the first time in a story published by the New York Times over the weekend. In an interview and in a written statement he provided, Jacboson said his daughter suffered a broken nose, a broken orbital bone, and bleeding on the brain.
Jacobson also called on the Yankees to expand the safety netting at their ballparks. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Yankees announced that they would do just that right before the Times published their story.
Statement from the Yankees regarding netting expansion. pic.twitter.com/jeBt6AhIBn
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 1, 2017
In his interview, Jacobson described the “horror” of walking into a hospital room and seeing his baby hooked up to tubes and machines. Her eyes were swollen shut, and the stitches on the baseball that struck her left an imprint on her forehead.
At this point, doctors still do not know if the little girl, who turns two this week, will need surgery, or if her vision will return to normal. However, she was able to go home after spending five nights in the hospital.
Jacobson told the Times he has had several conversations with Todd Frazier, who hit the line drive that struck Jacobson’s daughter. However, the only other Yankees employee to contact him was somebody from the PR department. He has not heard from owner Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine, or CEO Lonn Trost.
As the folks at Deadspin have pointed out, the lack of contact from the club could stem from concerns about possible litigation. The Times asked Jacobson, a real estate lawyer, if he is considering taking legal action against the Yankees. His answer was no.
“At this time, I haven’t thought about it. As a lawyer, I know we have a statute of limitation. There’s a time and a place for that, but it’s not on my radar,” Jacobson explained.
His main concern is making sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else.
“No one should have to go through that. It’s a game. It’s like taking to your kids to the mall or the amusement park or the zoo—it’s an activity. It shouldn’t be a place where you could die, and it doesn’t have to be. I get the reasoning and the pressure, but it’s senseless.”
Jacobson elaborated in his written statement.
“The problem is that the economics of safety ignore that it’s somebody’s daughter or son in a hospital or worse,” he wrote. “People have been turned into statistics and probabilities so that fans can have a better view or seats can be sold for a higher price, and everyone believes they are safe and nothing bad will happen until it does.”
Though it took them nearly two weeks, the Yankees have finally heeded this call. Hopefully the rest of MLB does too.