Ballpark safety questioned after fan seriously injured by bat

A debate about ballpark safety has gained momentum after a fan was seriously injured by a broken bat during Friday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/AP)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fun turned to terror for a baseball fan on Friday. A woman was hit in the head with a piece of a bat that went flying into the stands, an incident that has been on the minds of many baseball fans over the weekend.

“Its awful,” said baseball fan, Blake Deresienski of West Hartford. “You don’t want that to happen to anyone.”

Baseball fans aren’t the only ones who have been thinking about what happened at Fenway, so too have officials with the New Britain Rock Cats.

“It caught my attention and I know there was a little buzz from other folks who caught their attention as well,” said Mike Abramson, Sr. VP of Sales/Marketing for the Rock Cats.

Abramson says when it comes to baseball while people shouldn’t be afraid to go to games spectators need to remember that there’s the potential for danger, but mainly he says, that is due to foul balls. Moreover, Abramson says baseball staff work hard to ensure the safety of those who come to enjoy a game.

“We make a lot of announcements around the stadium, we have a lot of signs, we have obviously protective netting from dug out to dug out and all our usher staff on top of that is very aware of folks,” said Abramson.

Fans also have a role to play when it comes to safety: It’s recommended to always be aware of where the ball is going.

The woman hit with a bat in Boston remains at the hospital in serious condition.


This story was originally reported on WTNH-TV.

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