Wednesday night in Houston was a sickening one for everybody that witnessed an infant child get struck with a line drive in the 4th inning. Nobody
Following the Cubs 2-1 victory, an emotional Almora Jr. spoke to reporters.
“That’s probably what sucked the most,” Almora said. “It’s just the way life is. As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her.”
“The rest was kind of a blur, the rest of that at-bat,” Almora said. “I kind of came to my senses the next half inning when I went over to the stands.”
It was Manager Joe Maddon and fellow outfielder Jason Heyward who were seen consoling Almora following the terrible incident.
“It’s an awful moment,” Maddon said. “Albert is an emotional young man with children so that made it even more real to him. And I got it. I understood exactly what he was going through right there. I knew he needed somebody to walk up there.”
Almora was then seen breaking down in tears after speaking with one of the security guards.
“I just couldn’t hold it anymore,” he said. “I had to try to keep my composure during that at-bat, but when that half inning was over I just couldn’t hold it anymore.”
“I think it would have been worse for me mentally if I had gone out of the game,” Almora said. “Unofficial reports of how she’s doing kept me going.”
“It puts life in perspective,” Almora said. “We get upset when we don’t hit, when we make errors. Like I was, I was upset I didn’t make that play. Life just put things in perspective.”
This is just another incident that is showing Major League Baseball that common sense reform on extending netting across the league needs to happen before a real tragedy happens.