A young girl sitting in the lower-level seats at Yankee Stadium was bloodied by a 105 mph line drive that struck her in the face during Wednesday’s Yankees Game Against Minnesota Twins/
She was transported to nearby NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital.
Her father and grandfather spoke briefly with reporters there Wednesday night. When asked if his daughter would need surgery, the girl’s father, who declined to give his name, said: “It’s too early to tell.”
Frazier had tears in his eyes as he spoke to reporters postgame. It was his fifth-inning liner that hit the girl in the face as she sat with her grandparents about five rows up on the third-base side of Yankee Stadium. Frazier said he thought of his own two children, who are around the same age as the little girl.
“It was terrible,” Frazier said. “I was shaken up a little bit. I hope she is all right. It is something that I wish never happened. It was tough. Tough to watch. Tough to be a part of, to be honest.”
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier offered his impressions.
“Either, one, you don’t bring kids down there, or No. 2, every stadium needs to have nets,” Dozier said. “That’s it. I don’t care about the damn view of a fan or what. It’s all about safety.
“I still have a knot in my stomach … I hope the kid’s OK. We need nets, or don’t put kids down there.”
“No one should ever go to a baseball game and leave severely injured,” Espinal said in a statement on Wednesday. “Nor should any player have to feel the guilt associated with injuring a fan, especially when that injury could have been prevented by safety nets.