An afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the Twins took a scary turn after a young fan was apparently struck by a foul ball Wednesday.
The toddler, reportedly attending the game with her grandparents, was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, ESPN reported.
The game came a screeching halt in the bottom of the fifth inning after Todd Frazier hit a line drive into foul territory. Frazier immediately dropped down into a squat position after seeing where the ball went.
The Yankees issued a statement:
“The child who was struck with a batted ball today was given first aid at the ballpark and is receiving medical attention at an area hospital. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, prevents the team from giving more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Neither YES Network nor Fox Sports North showed the ball going into the stands during their broadcasts — only the child being carried out. Rather than panning their cameras to the young fan, the station showed various players and umpires looking distressed. One shot shows Matt Holliday wiping a few tears from his eyes.
The child was carried out of the stadium by an older man and a fan, who was near the incident, gave Frazier a thumb’s up, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mike Berardino.
“I brought my kids to the last Yankees game and I always fear when I’m down there,” Robert Mora, who was sitting in a section behind where the incident occurred, told the New York Post. “It just came so fast.”
This isn’t the first time this year a fan has been struck by debris at Yankee Stadium. A child was hit by a broken bat at Yankee Stadium in May, which prompted a discussion as to whether the team should add more protective netting. The team did not plan to add more netting, according to the New York Post.
A fan was also hit by a foul ball from Aaron Judge in July, to which the team released a statement saying the Yankees were “seriously exploring” adding protective netting.