Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bad reaction

I'm quickly becoming disillusioned with what's been happening at Dodd Stadium. Usually, my biggest beef isn't so much with the Defenders, but its parent club, the San Francisco Giants. Today, however, my gripe comes with something that doesn't originate outside of Dodd Stadium.

In the top of the seventh inning, a foul ball lined into the stands just beyond the visitors dugout and hit one of the visiting school kids. The crowd of 4,495 -- the largest of the season -- was almost all kids visiting as part of DARE Day.

So what happens? It takes minutes, not seconds for an usher or a medic to get down to the child. Thankfully, the child only needed some ice packs, but what if this was a more serious injury? How can the Defenders justify such a delayed reaction? And to make matters worse, when you are struggling to get people into the stands and something like this happens, it has to leave a bad taste in the mouths of some people.

It has with mine.


willclark said...

It took me 10 seconds to reach the girl hit by the ball--NOT minutes. Ice was applied in the next 20 seconds, the medic arrived after to monitor what her town first aid person did- with me and another usher right on the spot.

Get it right-- and by the way, thanks for coming, because there are NOt enough of you to make baseball in Nowrich stick next year!


Joe said...


From the time I heard someone call for help until the time I and everyone else in the press box noticed the girl getting help, it was a matter of minutes. Could we have not seen you? Yes. If that's the case, I am sorry.