Thursday, April 21, 2016

'No-No-Good-Net': Fractured Bat Clears Netting, Hits Fan

Dylan Santos
All the good intentions and pro-active planning on fan safety didn't help one Red Sox fan last night. Sitting around 15 rows back on the third-base side, Dylan Santos was hit by a bat fragment that flew over the protective netting installed this season. Santos suffered only a slightly injured thumb, but the incident highlights the difficulty MLB has in trying to keep all fans safe. After the incident. Santos TWEETED out, "Just got hit by a flying bat at the sox game, all good though! MLB took the bat but get to go on the field after the game." In general, the netting seems to be working—as even newly-obstructed fans seem to be OK with things. Given the obvious added personal protection, we fully support the efforts of the Red Sox and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.