The reaction of the players on the field said it all Wednesday when a wicked line drive struck a young girl in the stands just past the third base dugout at Yankee Stadium.
Yankee third baseman Todd Frazier hit the ball into the stands and quickly dropped to his knees, covering his mouth with his hands as he saw the result. Tears welled in his eyes as he removed his batting helmet and bowed his head.
Teammate Matt Holliday, who was on second base at the time, was seen wiping tears from his eyes after seeing the young fan.
Child gets hit by a foul ball at Yankees game. The players' reactions say it all. pic.twitter.com/YIyaBJq7tT
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 20, 2017
ESPN reported that the ball was traveling 105 m.p.h. when it left the bat, and the reaction by fans sitting near the girl when she was hit in the face was also telling.
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game the young fan was “doing okay.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was told that the young fan hit by a ball "is doing OK."
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 20, 2017
The Yankees were playing the Minnesota Twins when the fan was hit by the line drive. She may need surgery, according to The New York Times.
The girl's father said it was "too early to tell" if she would need surgery. https://t.co/sUHIP7t7bG
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) September 21, 2017
Here’s another angle of the scary incident that captured the emotional reaction from Frazier:
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The girls was at the game with her grandparents and can be seen being carried to a stretcher:
Oh my god Holliday was crying when the fan got hit, I hope that little one is okay❤️ https://t.co/a42eCSmuwr
— Yankees Baseball (@yanksbaseball25) September 20, 2017
A fan at the Twins-Yankees game is being taken out on a stretcher after being hit with a ball. pic.twitter.com/zaKWs1JkLn
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 20, 2017
A distraught Frazier spoke about the incident after the game.
“It was terrible. I was shaken up,” he said, according to NJ.com. “I don’t know what happened. I just hope she’s alright. It’s tough to watch. It’s tough to be a part of, honestly.”
Girardi also addressed the issue with the media:
Joe Girardi comments on the incident involving a young fan being struck by a foul ball Wednesday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LTyKpxWfR9
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 20, 2017
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