Junior Lake’s head slams into metal door in Wrigley Field outfield wall (video)
A scary situation that could have been ended up much, much worse occurred during Thursday’s Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals game at Wrigley Field when Junior Lake crashed head-first into a metal door located in the right-center outfield wall at the historic ballpark.
Lake was chasing down a fly ball shot in the gap off the bat of Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman when his head violently slammed into the metal door as he attempted to make a sliding catch.
The 24-year-old center fielder immediately fell to the ground face-first after the collision and remained there for some time while being attended to by the Cubs medical staff.
Amazingly, Lake was able to get up and walk to the dugout under his own power. The Cubs later reported that Lake suffered bruises to his head and left knee but shockingly does not appear to be suffering from any concussion-related symptoms.
Given the force of the contact when his head slammed into the metal door, it’s incredible his injuries weren’t more severe.
Manager Rick Renteria said Lake would be reevaluated on Friday.
Right fielder Justin Ruggiano had an uncomfortable, up-close look at the collision, as he was also chasing the fly ball.
“He hit that thing really hard,” he said. “I don’t think he slowed down at all. He wasn’t moving at first. That was kind of scary, but then he started responding. All of a sudden he came to and he wanted to play.”
Of course, he did not stay in the game and was replaced by Nate Schierholtz. But in light of just how bad it could have been, even if Lake has to sit out a few games, it would be a minor miracle.
Is there any reason why there isn’t more padding on a metal door plopped right into a outfield wall? It makes little sense, right?