All fans should keep their eye on the ball when attending a baseball game.
It’s an old yet very true saying among fans who attend sporting events. Whether that be baseball, basketball or hockey. It’s something that you always keep an eye on who you might get hit in the dome.
A 60-year-old man has decided to sue the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball after being struck by a foul ball that left him blind in his left eye. If you are wondering, yes, we have a video of it.
Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the documents of the lawsuit stated that the man, John “Jay” Loos, was struck in the face by a line drive while sitting behind the first-base dugout during the Aug. 29 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. As a result of a baseball hitting him in the dome really fast, it left him with a broken nose and other facial injuries. As a result of those injuries, he has undergone three surgeries and is scheduled to undergo two more to address his injuries.
The man filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday and stated that there is a chance that doctors will have to remove the eye and replace it with a prosthetic. He’s seeking more than $50,000 in damages. Now, that’s a payday. Not to fear, here is the video of the incident that happened:
As seen in the video, Loos was attending the game with his son. The man stated that he was aware of the dangers that come with sitting so close to the field, but still wasn’t prepared for a line drive getting on him that fast. Yeah, who could’ve predicted that!
“I had no idea that you were subjected to such missiles and the rate of speed that a ball can come into the stands.”
Loos’ comments just added to those who suggested that MLB mandates protective netting at every ballpark. Commissioner Rob Manfred says efforts to do so will be doubled during the offseason.
“Over the past few seasons MLB has worked with our clubs to expand the amount of netting in our ballparks,” Manfred said in a statement following the Yankee Stadium incident. “In light of yesterday’s event, we will redouble our efforts on this important issue.”
Make no mistake about, fan safety has become a major issue for MLB in recent years due to several incidents that have left fans injured. For those who might not know, just three weeks after Loos’ injury at Wrigley Field, a one-year-old girl suffered serious injuries on a line drive foul ball at Yankee Stadium. As a result of the incident, the Yankees added more protective netting next season. Several other teams plan to do the same, including the Cubs.