Last night, I wrote about ambidextrous Oakland A’s pitcher Pat Venditte’s MLB debut at Fenway Park.
However, there was also far more serious incident which took place during last night’s game.
In the second inning, A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie broke his bat. The head of the bat flew into the crowd and struck a woman in the face. The game was stopped while she received medical attention. The woman, who has been identified as Tonya Carpenter, was attending the game with her son. Her son’s eyes had to be shielded by a police officer as his mother bled profusely. She was taken by stretcher onto the field and then driven to nearby Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Her injuries were initially considered life threatening, but as of this writing her condition has been upgraded to serious.
I would imagine that Fenway and other MLB parks will have to install additional netting around the home plate area and down the foul lines. MLB might also have to review the use of maple bats which shatter far too easily.
Of course, fans have to keep their eye on the field because balls and bats can make their way into the crowd in an instant. But accidents will happen and that bat came into the stands so fast I don’t think she knew what hit her.
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