Another fan has been injured by a foul ball. This happened at the Tigers-Rangers game in Texas yesterday.
The fan, a woman, was seated in the 25th row down the right-field line and was struck in the head by a line drive foul ball off the bat of Willie Calhoun in the bottom of the first inning. The fan was tended to at her seat but then walked out of the seating area accompanied by stadium personnel and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation.
As you can see in the photo above, the woman was hit square in the forehead. Right after that photo was taken blood poured down her face. Because some people are squeamish I did not put that photo directly inline in this post, but if you want to look at — and the damage a foul ball can do — you can see it here.
Given that the Rangers are moving out of Globe Life Park after this season it’s highly unlikely that they’ll install extended netting for the remainder of the season. In May the team announced that the new Globe Life Park would have netting that extended beyond the dugouts, but it was not clear just how far. The push to extended netting all the way to the foul poles came just after that. It’ll be interesting to see if the team goes farther than that in light of the recent trend or this incident.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.