Should MLB extend safety netting in all stadiums again? | The Tylt
Should MLB extend safety netting in all stadiums again?
Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. laced a foul ball into the third-base stands that struck a young girl during a game against the Houston Astros. Almora was emotional during the half-inning and after the game, hoping to seek out the family to make sure the young fan is okay.
Expanded protective netting would have prevented this—and other incidents in the past—from happening. It's obvious the extended netting placed in 2018 isn't enough. They need to expand it again.
When you go to a ballgame, there are warnings on tickets and in the stadiums, telling you there are dangerous projectiles flying all over you, so pay attention. If you don't want to take the risk, don't go to the game. And if you are at the game, keep your head on a swivel. Injuries happen when people are so enamored with their phones they aren't tracking the action.
Putting up netting would make it difficult to watch the game for people who paid good money to see it. Being able to take home game-used balls would also dramatically decrease. The joy of catching a foul ball is part of the in-game experience. Extending the netting even farther would be a mistake.
Baseballs are 100-mph projectiles hurling unabated into the stands when a player really smacks one. Even the most athletic human beings can't protect themselves from that—even when they are paying attention.
Is it going to take someone getting killed before the league implements such a mind-numbingly basic precaution? MLB needs to expand the protective netting again until all fans are safe.
Some fans are crying they can't see well with a net in front of them. Oh, sorry, didn't know you wanted to subject yourself to a crushed skull, missing teeth or getting pierced by a broken bat.
There's no enjoying a game when there is a risk you can die from a meaningless play. Fans need to adjust to having a mesh netting that seems to be fine for people sitting in the "best seats in the house" behind home plate. No more excuses. Just put the damn net up from foul pole to foul pole.
Catching a foul ball or getting a ball tossed to you by a player is a lifetime memory for baseball fans. They would be denied that opportunity if they extended the safety netting even more. Imagine your kid getting tossed a ball from their favorite player only for that ball to hit the netting. Don't ruin the experience for others because a freak accident happened.
Maybe fans should look at themselves rather than blaming the MLB. If they were responsible parents, they wouldn't put their kid in harm's way by placing them in a seat where they were in danger. There are plenty of areas to enjoy the game and not have the risk of a 100-mph ball coming right at you.