A Cubs fan leaving Wrigley Field on Tuesday fell over a railing, hit his head, and died, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Tony Briscoe of the Chicago Tribune report. The game ended around 10:20 and the fan left around 11 PM. He was pronounced dead at 3:33 PM on Wednesday.
The Cubs issued a brief statement, saying, “The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time.”
The fan, Richard E. Garrity, was 42 years old and was a marketing manager for Heineken. He was attending the Cubs game with colleagues as a work outing.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.