A terrifying accident recently took place at a Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros baseball game. During the fourth inning, Chicago Cubs batter Albert Almora Jr. cracked a line drive foul ball into the stands, smacking a 4-year-old girl directly in the face.
The ball was going at least 90 mph. Dumbfounded fans fell silent and many of the players were frozen in shock — but no player was more emotional than Almora, a father of two.
The teams stopped the game as the batter quickly realized what happened to the ball he’d just hit. Almora dropped to his knees, crying and praying. His teammates and manager rushed over to console him.
“As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her,” Almora said in his post-game interview.
It’s pretty powerful to see something like this bring professional athletes to their knees.
The girl was rushed to the hospital and, according to CBS, is expected to be OK.
In 2015, all 30 Major League Baseball teams were encouraged to “extend netting 70 feet in each direction, from home plate to the beginning of the dugouts.” Some teams have put this netting in place, while other teams — like the Yankees — have yet to do so.
This incident is just one reason why ballplayers and fans are urging the MLB to prioritize safety and make extended netting mandatory at every ballpark.
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