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.