A stadium of 40,000 plus went silent after a foul ball hit a 4-year-old child in the stands of an MLB game Wednesday evening. Albert Almora Jr., the player responsible for the foul ball, immediately dropped to his knees and broke down in tears as he realized a child was injured.
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Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros were in the fourth inning at Houston’s Minute Maid Park when the Cubs outfielder Almora Jr. hit a line drive towards the third base. After the child was hit, the crowd went silent as onlookers watched in horror.
The father of the child can be seen running towards his child as stadium security followed behind him. The child was then picked up by her father as he went to seek medical attention for his little girl.
Almora Jr., who is a father of two boys, went to a security guard in between innings to check on the status of the little girl. Almora Jr. was visibly shaken that the child had been injured by his foul ball. Teammate Jason Hayward and Cubs manager Joe Maddon approached Almora Jr. who was kneeling and crying.
David LeVasseur, the man who tried to catch the foul ball before it hit the girl, told reporters after the game that there was no blood on the ball when he picked it up off the ground by his seat. There has been little to no information on whether the little girl suffered serious injuries.
The girl looked to be conscious and alert when she was carried up the stairs of the stadium. “All we heard was screaming,” LeVasseur told the Houston Chronicle. “We saw this dad pick up a child and run up the stairs. He took off running.”
The fan added: “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.”
Social media praised the reaction of Almora Jr. “I’ve never seen a reaction like that before. Albert Almora has heart,” Kristina Ralston tweeted. “Shows he’s human and he cares. My heart goes out to him and the injured fan.”
Curt Zeger, another fan, applauded Kyle Schwaber, a teammate of Almora Jr. who tried to shield him from cameras. “Schwarber blocking the camera view of a shaken up Almora is the epitome of a great teammate, Classy act.”