Another Fan Killed by Foul Ball at Dodger Stadium

I found this article today reporting that the LA County Corner has revealed that Linda Goldbloom died in August as a result of head trauma received from a batted foul ball at an LA Dodgers game. You can read ESPN’s article HERE.

Linda Goldbloom was a long time fan, mother of three and grandmother of seven.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I wrote about another post about ANOTHER fatality at Dodgers stadium, Alan Fish. You can read that article HERE. That came after Freddie Galvis complained after one of his fouls hit a small girl in the face. I also wrote about the fan injured during World Series play in 2016 HERE.

Those are not the only fatalities. There is another, Clarence Stagemyer was killed in 1943 when he was hit in the head by a thrown ball.

Ross and I saw a similar situation in Lakewood back when Carlos Carrasco was with the BlueClaws. In this situation, part of the problem was inattentive parents who allowed their toddler to wander down the row. The toddler was a few seats away in the 2nd row when a ball was over thrown from third to first and it sailed into the stands. It hit the toddler square in the back, right between the shoulder blades.

I will never forget the sick “pop” it made as all the air left the toddler’s body. He didn’t scream. He didn’t make a sound. That’s why it was so scary. Luckily there was a doctor in the next section, who jumped into action. It took a few moments before there was a huge sucking sound and the toddler took a huge gulp of air and then started to cry. I was never so glad to hear a baby cry as I was that night.

As technology advances and players become stronger, foul balls will become faster, harder and more dangerous. Protecting fans has to be priority one.

I was glad that the Phillies raised the net behind home and extended it over the dugouts. It’s a great first step. Before the raising of the net, Ross and I would get hit by foul ball ricochets a few times a year and have several near misses. Last year, just one and it was straight up.

I get that snagging a free foul ball is part of the excitement, who doesn’t like to go home with one? For me, it lost its luster a bit when I saw an elderly woman lose an eye.

The ballparks are trying to cater more to millennials, making Instagram spots and other social media events to drive in the young ones. While this is great, they also need to realize that when people are looking at their phones and socializing, they are not watching the game and keeping an eye out for balls and bats that enter the stands.

Hopefully, MLB will take a look at spectator safety and increase the netting. It took one death for the NHL to act, in just a few months, they added more netting to protect fans. MLB has three deaths and not much has changed.

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Pictures from Philles Spring Training Day 6-First Day Full Team

Today was the first day that the entire major league team was due to report. Things are quite different under the Kapler regime are very different. Whereas they had previously started at 9 and went to about noon, now it starts “around” 11 and goes after 2.

Today, my friend Jose Taveras pitched live batting practice for the major league time since making the 40 man roster.

Jose Taveras

I was able to catch most of the big names as well:

Maikel Franco
Odubel Herrera
Roman Quinn
JP Crawford
Rhys Hoskins
Jesmel Valentin
Jared Eickhoff

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 4

Today was SOS-Same Old Situation, more of the same PFPs (pitcher fielding practice), catcher drills, bunting practice for the pitchers and batting practice for the catchers.

There was a fairly sizable crowd today. They still haven’t opened up Spectrum Field to the public to watch batting practice for the position players. Baseball Ross is such a dedicated blogger, he had his camera up against the gates to get a few shots.

Dylan Cozens
Dylan Cozens

So I stayed at the Carpenter Complex to get a few shots of my own:

Jose Taveras
Jose Taveras
Zach Eflin
Mark Leiter, Jr
Logan Moore
Brandon Leibrandt
Edgar Cabral
Jared Eickhoff
Jorge Alfaro
Ben Lively
Franklyn Kilome
Drew Anderson
Ranger Suarez
Enyel De Los Santos
Tommy Hunter

 

Gabe Kapler Speaks to Fans After Practice

Gabe Kapler

This afternoon, Baseball Ross and I were able to see new Phillies Manager, Gabe Kapler speak to the fans after practice. Kapler came over after speaking to the media at Spectrum field.

He was friendly and seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd that was assembled. He answered questions as well as took selfies and signed autographs.

Betsy and Gabe Kapler

His attitude was much different than the way he is portrayed in the media and frankly, I think  like the guy.  He was asked “Tell us the truth, what do you think?” and Kapler replied:

“Well, right now I felt absolutely felt nothing but support. So I feel supported, is probably the easiest way to put it. And also know that the fans expect us to be accountable, they expect us to bust our balls out there and to give everything we have. And that’s easy. It doesn’t require any effort. And just like the city of Boston where I played for a couple of years, you care about intensity and fight and determination and grit. And then obviously you expect us to win. We understand those expectations and expect to beat them.”

Sounds like a good plan to me. I recorded the interaction and you can watch it HERE.

I must admit, I may have just put one foot on the Kapler bandwagon. He took time with everyone there and seems to have a good grip on what the team needs to do. His methods are different, practice starts at 11 instead of 9, the atmosphere is more relaxed. Only time will tell if his changes will pan out. I’m kind of excited to see if it meet our “expectations” and if they “beat them.”

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018-Day 2

Today I followed a group of pitchers through their regimen. JD Hammer, Ranger Suarez, Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Taveras.

From bunting practice to a series of PFPs (pitchers fielding practices) I followed them to get an idea of the “flavor” of these early days of spring training.

Seranthony Dominguez
Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Jose Taveras
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JD Hammer
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Franklyn Kilome
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Franklyn Kilome
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Ranger Suarez
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JD Hammer
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Jose Taveras
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Seranthony Dominguez
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Jose Taveras
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Reviewing the day’s work

Sorry for the late hour but my phone crashed and I spent 4 hours recovering it. Whew!

Pictures from Phillies Spring Training 2018 Day 1

There’s only so many words one can write about the endless drills and pitchers fielding practice (PFPs), bunting practice when you see it every day. So I’ve decided to share some pictures from today, the pictures say more than words:

Zach Eflin
Zach Eflin
Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson
Hector Neris
Hector Neris
Pat Neshak
Pat Neshak
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Franklyn Kilome
Franklyn Kilome
Adam Morgan
Adam Morgan

and the Phillies’ new skipper:

Gabe Kapler
Gabe Kapler