MILWAUKEE— A woman was struck in the left ear by a line drive down the third base line in the second inning of the Milwaukee Brewers game with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, August 23rd.
The game was delayed about 2 minutes after the line drive from Nick Hundley went into the first couple of rows near the photographer’s well adjacent to the Rockies dugout.
Miller Park ushers quickly called for medical assistance, and the woman was assisted for about 8 minutes before being carried out on a sitting stretcher. Once out of the seating area, the stretcher was lowered so she was laying down and she was put into an ambulance.
No further information was immediately released.
The Brewers extended the netting at Miller Park before the season started to the inside edge of each dugout. Only Kansas City, Minnesota and Washington have netting that covers the entire length of the dugout.
On Wednesday, August 24th, the incident was prompting talk about how best to keep fans safe at the ballpark.
“When you come out to the ballpark with your family, you`re expecting a good time and nobody expects to be carted off in an ambulance — so it`s definitely a concern,” Robin Wilson said.
Tuesday’s incident wasn’t the first time a fan has been injured at the ballpark. Laura Turek was enjoying the July 6th, 2015 Brewers game vs. the Atlanta Braves when she was struck in the face by a foul ball.
Prior to the start of this season, the Brewers followed MLB’s recommendation that protective netting be extended to the full length of both dugouts.
FOX6 News asked Brewers officials Wednesday if there has been any discussion about extending the Miller Park netting even further than its current location. Via email, a spokesman said “fan safety is paramount and we always evaluate what initiatives and steps we can take to address fan safety and preserve a great entertainment environment.”
“I think I would like to see the netting all the way around the ballpark because that way you`re going to make sure that everybody leaves in the exact same repair that they came,” Wilson said.
While some fans said they’d like to see more protection at the ballpark, others said the chance of a ball coming your way is part of the fun of attending a game.
“I play baseball too, so yeah, I`m amped for it to come my way. I`m catching everything that comes my way,”