Video of the Day: Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. Is Overcome with Emotion After Foul Ball Hits Toddler in Stands

A young fan is taken up to the concourse to receive medical attention after being hit by a foul ball by Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Photo: Erik Williams, USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora reacted as any parent might as a foul ball he hit in Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros struck a young girl in the stands.

Almora, a father of two, immediately put his hands on top of his head, then sunk to a knee on the ground as play came to a halt. Teammate Jason Heyward put his arm on Almora’s shoulders and Cubs manager Joe Maddon came out of the dugout to offer words of support.

Even though all major league teams have extended the protective netting around home plate in recent years, they can’t prevent all incidents like this one.

A visibly shaken Almora struck out on the next pitch. And on his way out to take his position in center field between innings he stopped by the area of the stands where the child was sitting.

There, he was consoled by a security guard as he began crying and covering his face with his glove.

A fan who retrieved the foul ball, David LeVasseur, told the Houston Chronicle the baseball had no traces of blood on it.

“All we heard was screaming,” said LeVasseur, 26. “We saw this dad pick up a child and run up the stairs. He took off running.”

“I (came) upstairs and see the first-aid guys up there and the dad is holding the girl. She (was) alert, she’s conscious, she’s fine. I was just going to give somebody in the family the ball. They kind of, naturally, shook it off. I asked the first-aid guy if she was OK and he said he didn’t know.”

An eyewitness at the game posted to Reddit the child who was hit is a 4-year-old girl. And according to a security guard, the girl was alert but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The Astros released a statement on Twitter, saying, “The young fan that was struck by a foul ball during tonight’s game was taken to the hospital. We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.”

SOURCE: USA Today – Steve Gardner

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