As a kid, the first thing you thought of when going to a baseball game was “I hope I catch a foul ball”.
You would bring your glove and the joy of being like one of the big guys would rush through you as you in your seat waiting for that ball.
Unfortunately, what comes with fun can come with pain, as we all know not all foul balls are glorious pop-ups. They can laser beam hits right into the crowd travelling faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.
The crowds have fallen victim to the foul and with the game evolving so does the safety for fans.
Many pitchers can throw a fastball over 92+ mph, hell you prob wont make it to the majors if not pitching over 90+ mph.
Hitters have found ways to increase bat speed which relates to high ball exit velocity, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both have average exit velocity of 110-115 mph with their highest being in the 120 mph range.
That is fast, a piece of pie hitting you at 120 mph would probably hurt, imagine a baseball?!
I cant tell you how many times I have seen a person seriously injured at First Data Field(spring home for the Mets) where I formally worked and previous games I have attended.
Just last year we saw Todd Frazier break down in tears as a little girl was carted off after being struck by a foul ball he hit.
Many have called for the extension of a net, and the Yankees are answering.
Yankees have announced that the netting behind home plate will extend through to the foul poles as of the 2018 season.
Sure, a lot people say that it is ruining the game or traditional, but not dying helps you attend those games too.
Some say, well these “Millennials” need to pay attention and get off the phone, true to an extent, I mean I would pay money for a game to be on my phone, but a foul ball could hit you as you call the vendor for a delicious Nathan’s Famous.
In fact, most people don’t realize is that 10 other MLB teams have extended netting and not one complaint has come from the new addition.
The Yankees knew had they had the net, the little girl from last year would have never been injured and that influenced their decision, and I applaud them.