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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There’s always something to see

One of the best things about living here is you never know what or who you might see. This morning, Baseball Ross and I walked downtown in Dunedin and on the way home walked right by Blue Jay R.A. Dickey.

Since we had some things that had to be done around the house we were a little late getting to the Carpenter Complex. When we got there, we found that the minor leaguers were given the afternoon off. We decided to go to the Phillies game. We were in luck, one of our favorite parking lot attendants was running errands in the golf cart and he offered us a ride up to Bright House! This was especially nice since we’re were running so late we had to park almost a mile away.

We walked around taking in the sights.

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The Phanatic was there as well

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We saw Ruben Amarro, Jr. In the crowd, though I had to move after taking this shot:

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While the game was kind of a bust, we did get to see some amazing pitching from Kenny Giles:

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What was really cool was that Baseball Ross caught a foul ball and not just any foul ball…Kenny Giles throws close to 100mph so when the Braves’ Constanza fouled one back it hit a seat and zoomed up at us! Baseball Ross reached up over his head and snagged it! He looked like a pro!

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If you look at the ball, you can see the black paint from the bat and the blue from the seat embedded on the ball:

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We then walked a little over a mile to the car and called it a day. By the time we walked downtown in Dunedin for dinner and walked the dogs, we had covered over five miles. Whew!

2 Balls

Tonight Ross and I got to the game a little late. We had a slight problem to deal with and it kept us from being on time.

It ended up being a good thing for me.

After the National Anthem, Ross headed to the concession stand to get us dinner and I went to sign up for a contest. On my way back, after the game started, I head the telltale THUNK of a ball hitting the rafters above the concourse. I realized that a ball dropped just in front of me! I grabbed it!

It was my first foul ball! After approximately 1,000 baseball games over 15 years, I finally got a foul!

Ball 1

I was tickled.

Later, Ross and I were sitting in our seats and another ball was fouled backward and it hit the suites and bounced forward…and landed in the row behind me. As no one was there, I snagged that one too!

Ball 2

After all this time going without ever coming close to snagging a foul, I got two. I gave one to  a little kid sitting nearby. I think I made his night too.