During a matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros, a Cubs outfielder dropped to his knee following an at-bat when his foul ball struck a young child in the stands.
In a video showing the at-bat, outfielder Albert Almora Jr. knew immediately after the ball left his bat that something bad had happened.
Almora quickly put his hands on his head and dropped to his knee:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 30, 2019
According to a statement released by the Astros, it’s unclear where the ball struck the young girl, but she was taken to the hospital:
The young fan that was struck by a foul ball during tonight’s fame was taken to the hospital. We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
During the inning following Almora’s at-bat, the young baseball player ultimately broke down on the shoulder of one of the nearby security women. Some sources say they were tears of joy when he learned the young fan was going to be OK:
A really tough scene at Minute Maid Park over the last inning. Albert Almora Jr. of the Cubs hit a hard line-drive foul into the stands that hit a young child. Almora Jr. was extremely shaken up and after the next half inning, he was consoled by MMP security personnel. pic.twitter.com/2hfHX4hvNd
— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) May 30, 2019
Almora told reporters after the game that he just couldn’t hold his emotions in anymore:
“Yeah, I don’t know. All my teammates, Joe, everybody came out and tried to talk to me and obviously I didn’t want that to happen, I didn’t intend for that to happen. Credit to [opposing pitcher Wade] Miley as well. He calmed me down. The rest was kind of a blur.
I finally came to my senses the next half inning, after I went to the stands. … When that half inning was over, I just couldn’t keep it in anymore.”
SportsTalk790 later reported confirmation that fan was going to be “ok”:
According to our sources, the young child was awake, responsive and taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. The child is expected to be ok. Thank goodness.
According to “Good Morning America,” all baseball parks are required to have netting around certain areas of the stadium to protect spectators from potentially dangerous line drive foul balls. However, according to reports, the young fan and her family were sitting roughly 10 feet from where the netting ends at Minute Maid Park.
People are now demanding that parks extend the netting all the way to the foul poles.