Last night’s game in St. Petersburg featured a lengthy delay as a 63-year-old woman was stretchered out of the stadium after being struck in the eye by a foul ball that found its way through a gap in the safety netting.
MLB recommended each ballpark substantially extend the netting this season, but the protection only works if there aren’t any gaps—which there was last night:
Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin reported Stephen Souza Jr., off whose bat the foul ball game, was “near tears” as he went into the stands to check on the fan, whose identity was not made public.
Stay safe, fans.
[Fox Sports Sun, Tampa Bay Times]