Yankee Stadium foul ball injury hits home for Matthews family

MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - When news of a foul ball injury at Yankee Stadium started to spread, Matthews father Eddie David began getting emails and text messages about the incident.

A young girl was hit in the head by a foul ball and needed to be taken to a hospital. Reports are that the child has non-life-threatening injuries. Players and fans were devastated by the incident.

A similar situation happened to David's son, James, in May of 2016. David and his family were attending a Charlotte Knights game at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte.

Six-year-old James David was hit by a foul ball and needed to be rushed from the stadium.

David spoke to WBTV following this latest foul ball incident.

"My first immediate reaction was it always takes you back to what happened to us," said David.

He said his son had a skull fracture and brain bleeding. Luckily, the little boy was able to recover after spending days in the hospital.

"It's something that nobody should really have to go through," said David.

He hopes all baseball stadiums across the country will consider extending the netting that protects spectators.

The netting at BB&T Ballpark was extended two years ago according to Charlotte Knights General Manager Rob Egan.

""We're all the way on the outside of the dugouts and we feel that it's made a much safer environment here so we're well beyond the recommendations for baseball right now," said Egan.

However, those netting extensions did not protect James David.

Eddie David hopes stadium across the country continue to increase the amount of protective netting they have to cover fans.

"The more seats you can put behind the netting, the less people will be in danger," said David.


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