May 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

The 2019 Cricket World Cup in England/Wales is currently enjoying its first match, England v South Africa. England is batting first, so there's plenty of time to catch the action.

posted by NoMich at 08:48 AM on May 30

Al Almora of the Cubs struck a kid in the head with a foul ball and this was the scene afterwards.

More here, including comments by Kris Bryant calling to extend the protective netting.

posted by NoMich at 09:29 AM on May 30

Almora was a wreck. There's a fan photo of him breaking down in the arms of an usher after inquiring about the child and being told she was OK.

There should be a lot more netting for screaming line drives. Baseball won't do it until somebody dies.

When my kids were little we were at a Jacksonville Suns game behind third base next to a walkway. An absolutely torched foul ball hit the concrete in front of my son. It had already caromed off the concrete and was 20 feet away before I reacted. We moved and I never picked seats like that again. Believing you can react in time is wrong, even if you're paying close attention.

posted by rcade at 09:39 AM on May 30

Yeah, we go to Kane County Cougars games (single A) and have always gotten seats right behind home plate, partly because of the netting. I was extremely pleased to see that this year they have extended the netting all the way past the dugouts, past the bases, halfway to the fence. Amazingly, this increased netting is actually easier to see through than their prior net, since they have eliminated the poles holding up the net.

posted by opel70 at 11:53 AM on May 30

Baseball won't do it until somebody dies.

It happened last year.

posted by grum@work at 03:22 PM on May 30

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