Let’s hope the tears in Todd Frazier’s eyes, and the emotion that caused his voice to crack as he recalled the sight of his foul ball hitting a young girl in the face, finally will convince the Yankees to make the Stadium safer for their fans.
Before someone gets killed next time.
“I thought of my kids, you know,” Frazier was saying in the clubhouse, tearing up as he spoke. “I have two kids under three years old.”
Frazier had to pause momentarily to compose himself, and even then had trouble continuing.
“Just hope she’s all right,” he said softly.
Such was the mood in the Yankee clubhouse on what otherwise would have been a day to celebrate a 11-3 win and a sweep of the Twins. Every win is huge for this team as it chases the Red Sox for the AL East title, and yet Frazier’s line-drive into the seats down the third-base line made the game seem secondary, even to the players. “We’re praying for the kid,’’ Chase Headley said. “To have to see that, it’s really sickening.”
“She’s all right. Keep her in your thoughts,” said the little girl’s dad, who didn’t give his or his daughter’s name. “She knows she got hit by a baseball. She’s just happy they hit home runs.”
The child was close enough to the field that players could see what happened, as fans immediately began signaling for help. (BILL KOSTROUN/AP)…Read More