Yesterday’s post was pretty timely, here’s a quick addendum.
Another bat exploded yesterday and this time struck Ranger’s pitcher Cliff Lee. Oakland’s Jack Cust drove a broken bat single up the middle. Luckily, the barrel of the bat sailed over Lee’s head, however, another small piece struck him in the ear, drawing blood. He barely had time to react. It is also lucky that the ball wasn’t hit directly at him as he clearly distracted by the flying bat fragments.
Another near tragedy leads me to the question: WHAT IS MLB AND THE PLAYERS UNION WAITING FOR???? WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH???
I also stumbled across a story that I had missed previously of a fan, James Falzon, who was injured by a broken bat. The story on The Gothamist can be read by clicking the photograph. Another full article can be found in the Daily News. The fan is suing the Mets, the batter – Luis Castillo, Major League Baseball, the maker of the bat and ex-Met catcher Ramon Castro who lent the bat to Castillo. I hope that he gets EVERY LAST CENT that he is looking for. Clearly baseball has been negligent and continues to ignore the problem. This should get their attention with the one thing that they pay attention to: $$$. They need to stop looking the other way (as they did with steroids) and address the issue before someone is permanently injured or killed! They continue to be flagrantly NEGLIGENT!!!