There have been several recent stories about balls hitting people in the stands, ballparks’ liability, and assumption of the risk. Earlier this year I endorsed the idea of extending the netting farther around the infield seats to give fans in the line of fire a bit more protection. Against that backdrop comes this recent story of a young fan who was critically injured by a foul ball at a Mahoning Scrappers game:
Doctors in northeast Ohio say a four-year-old boy who was struck in the head by a foul ball at a Minor League Baseball game is in critical condition with a fractured skull. Doctors say it may take five days for the swelling in Luke Holko’s brain to subside. It’s unclear how well he’ll recover.
Holko and his family had front-row seats near first base for Wednesday’s doubleheader at the home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Holko was hit as he sat in his father’s lap and talked to his mother.
The New York-Penn League has held fundraisers. Lucas’ parents have set up a website to track his progress and to solicit donations. Lucas is still in a medically-induced coma. It’s still early, but there have been signs of progress.
I realize that reasonable people disagree about nets and liability and all of that. And to be clear, I offer these links less for purposes of advocacy of my pro-nets position than I do for mere information and the solicitation of thoughts, prayers, and donations if you’re able to do so. But do know, no matter how you feel about this stuff, it can be dangerous down close, especially if you have little kids.
(Thanks to reader Motherscratcher for the heads up)