A woman was sitting down the third-base line at Fenway Park on Friday night when Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius swung late on a fastball from Red Sox hurler Robbie Ross Jr. in the fifth inning and lined the pitch foul.
The ball flew into the stands, striking the woman in the face. Fans surrounding her immediately waved for help, and soon she was taken from the game for treatment.
The fan, who has not been identified, was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson confirmed Saturday. She was treated and released.
“You see a foul ball go into the seats like that, your thoughts are with her and her family. The last word I got, she’s conscious,’’ Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game, according to The Boston Globe. “Our thoughts are with her for sure, her and her family.’’
Farrell’s comments may sound familiar.
On June 5, he expressed similar sentiments after 44-year-old Tanya Carpenter was struck in the face by a piece of a broken bat at Fenway and suffered what were initially considered life-threatening injuries. She remained hospitalized for a week.
Days after Carpenter left the hospital, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, gave a press conference at Fenway and said he’s considering expanded netting, bat regulations, and the wrapping of bat handles in efforts to increase fan safety.
“I think it’s important as we move forward with this that we keep all of the available options on the table and make the best decision to make sure that our fans are as safe as possible,’’ he said.
Following the commissioner’s comments, the Red Sox released a statement that said, “Major League Baseball will re-examine fan safety at ballparks, and we will fully participate in that process.’’
Since that time, neither the league nor the team has announced changes regarding fan safety. The Red Sox did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.
According to The New York Times, the commissioner said that “management’’ can order expanded netting, but according to Fox Sports, MLB owners have twice rejected requests by players to extend the netting.
About 1,750 spectators get hurt each year by batted balls, mostly foul, at Major League games, according to Bloomberg news.
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