Scary moments in Milwaukee, where a fan sitting behind the Brewers’ dugout was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Eury Perez in the ninth inning. The game was stopped for nine minutes and the fan with EMT’s, having walked slowly to a wheelchair at the end of the aisle, with a towel wrapped on her forehead.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com spoke to Andrelton Simmons about it after the game. And the man who may be the best defensive player on planet Earth said that even he wouldn’t sit in those seats without more protective netting:
Simmons expressed hope that Major League teams will begin extending the protective nets down the baselines to shield fans from becoming unfortunate victims of these kinds of events.
“Sometimes you wish the net was bigger to at least cover the people that don’t have time to react,” Simmons said. “I wouldn’t sit that close without a net.”
If even Simmons, a man who can stop anything, wouldn’t sit there, how people do it all the time is beyond me.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.