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Scary moment baseball fan was knocked out by a foul ball

A frightening moment at a Major League Baseball game was caught on video Monday and broadcast to millions of fans.

During the second inning of the Chicago Cubs victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, a fan was hit with a foul ball off the bat of Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.

She was behind the protective screen but so close the ball reached her anyway.

The Pirates issued a statement on the incident after the game.

“She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a ‘thumbs up’ gesture to nearby fans,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her.”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon spoke about the incident to reporters after the game as well.

“[Cubs Outfielder] Chris Coghlan thought the ball hit the wall,” he said. “That’s how loud it was. The umpire said the same thing. It was that really hard, cracking sound.

“Couple guys saw it and thought it was horrid.”

The game was stopped for 23 minutes after the accident. The fan was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Carmine Sabia

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