Carlos Gomez visited boy in hospital he struck in head with foul liner
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez took to Twitter on Wednesday to report that he paid a visit to the 8-year-old boy that was struck in the head by a screaming foul ball line drive on Tuesday night in a game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Gomez wrote on Twitter: “Just went to see the young fan that was hit by my foul ball last night. He was in great spirits and I had a chance to sign the ball.”
Medical personnel at the stadium immediately treated the boy after he was hit by the batted ball during the 7th inning before he was transported to the hospital.
Both Gomez and Braves pitcher Julio Teheran stood in stunned silence immediately after the frightening incident, with Gomez crossing himself as he stood shocked at the plate.
“When it’s a little kid, it’s on my chest,” Gomez said after returning to the ballpark on Wednesday following his visit to the hospital, via ESPN.com. “I get on my knees and pray to God that everything goes well with that kid.”
While saying the boy was in “great spirits,” Gomez declined to comment upon the child’s condition out of respect to the family, who has asked for privacy as they deal with the aftermath. No further information has been revealed about his condition or where he is being treated.
“I’m a father,” said Gomez, who signed the ball that was hit into the stands. “It was important to me to talk to him and have the opportunity to stay with him. He was really happy.”
Gomez took the opportunity to stress the importance of people at ballgames, especially along the first base and third base lines, to keep their heads on a swivel and pay close attention to the play on the field.
You don’t like to see anyone get hurt, especially a child. Fans, please be alert and bring your glove!
— Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27) May 21, 2014
“These are professional ballplayers hitting the ball. The ball comes really hard. It can kill you,” he said.
Gomez said it was nice to see the youngster and that he’s relieved that boy is doing okay.
“I wanted to see him. I wanted to talk to him. Today I had the opportunity to go, and at least mentally I feel good. And I can perform today. Because I was so upset.”
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson and catcher Gerald Laird also visited the boy.
“It’s the least we can do as players,” Johnson said. “He’s a little kid. It was his first game.”
The Braves issued a statement wishing the boy a “speedy recovery.”
What must be learned from this frightening moment is that Gomez is right. While no one knows exactly what happened in this instance, as things happened so fast — fans must pay attention. That’s not to say that the young boy or his parents weren’t paying attention, because even when people do keep an eye on the action, terrible things nevertheless can occur.