Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. turned to prayer and his faith in God after he hit a foul ball that struck a child during Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros.
It was the fourth inning when Almora’s foul ball hit the girl. When he realized what happened the athlete dropped to his knees and was inconsolable as his teammates tried to comfort him. The game continued and later he was seen crying on a security guard’s shoulder after he asked for an update and was told she had been rushed to a nearby hospital.
“Right now, I’m just praying and I’m speechless,” Almora told reporters after the game. “I’m at a loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing, I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now, and that’s all I really can control.”
The Cub player said as soon as he hit the ball he sensed it was going to hit someone.
“As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her,” he said.
A fan in the audience described what it was like in the stands after the girl was struck. “All we heard was screaming.”
“He rips a line drive down the third-base line and it comes in and it looks like hits someone hard,” David LeVasseur told the Houston Chronicle. “It bounces, comes down and hits the guy to my left off ricochet and the next thing you know it’s at my feet. I pick it up and all we heard was screaming.”
“We just saw this dad pick up a child and run up the stairs. He took off running,” he recounted.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law