As the old saying goes, “Oh, the Humanity.”
Foul balls are a part of the game. Catching them is part of the fun.
But what about the rare time it catches a fan unawares and hits them? Worse yet, what if the person it hits is a little girl?
It’s — literally — the stuff of nightmares. And that’s exactly the scenario that played out when Albert Almora Jr. of the Cubs went up to bat.
Play was halted for a brief stoppage after the incident. Almora dropped to two knees and needed to be consoled by Cubs manager Joe Maddon and another teammate. The entire Astros infield sunk to their knees, too, as a man rushed the child up the stairs.
“He rips a line drive down the third-base line and it comes in and it looks like it hits someone hard,” said David LeVasseur. “It bounces, comes down and hits the guy to my left off (a) ricochet and the next thing you know it’s at my feet. I pick it up and all we heard was screaming.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Almora was almost as shaken up as the poor kid. Let nobody suggest these ball players have hearts of stone.
The Astros released a statement:
“The young fan that was struck by a foul ball during tonight’s game was taken to the hospital,” the statement said. “We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.”
After the fourth inning concluded, Almora went over toward the security guards working the third-base line to ask for an update. When he did, he began to sob, requiring consolation from teammate Jason Heyward as he covered his face with his glove.
Following the game, Almora said he was aware he struck a fan as soon as he hit the ball.
“Yep,” Almora told reporters. “That’s probably what sucked the most. Just the way life is. As soon as I hit it the first person I locked eyes on was her. So that’s … yeah.
“God willing, I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life, but just prayers right now.”
Source: Houston Chronicle
Even for those who don’t follow baseball, to own the mistake like that and feel the consequences that deeply? You gotta admit this guy hasn’t been spoiled by success — he seems to be a genuine class act.
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