Batter Weeps After Hard Foul Ball Hits Child at Cubs-Astros Game

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In the hours since a foul ball struck a little girl during the Chicago Cubs' game with the Astros on Wednesday night, Andy Zlotnick said he heard from the daughter of a 79-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers fan who died last year.

The crowd let out a collective gasp when the ball struck the child.

He immediately put his hands on his head and took a couple of steps toward the seats.

Houston resident David LeVasseur was sitting in the first row of section 111 when the baseball ricocheted in his direction. Teammate Jason Heyward and manager Joe Maddon attempted to console him as he cried.

"As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her", he said, according to the BBC. I was just going to give somebody in the family the ball.

Following the game, the Astros released a statement on the incident. "There's times when close calls come into the dugout and we can't even get out of the way".

A photo taken by The Associated Press showed the girl conscious and crying as she was whisked away.

Cubs outfielder Albert Almora was left visibly shaken after he accidentally struck a child with a foul ball during today's Major League Baseball matchup against the Astros. But on the third-base side in Houston, it extends only to the end of the visiting team's dugout.

Of course, Almora should not be blaming himself for what happened and, fortunately, it appears that the young girl is not suffering from any serious injuries. I mean, the netting is good behind the dugout.

Play was stopped during the Major League Baseball game as a man picked the screaming child up and rushed her out of the stands. Players are bigger and stronger and hitting the ball harder than ever, especially with such a focus on exit velocities. The speed of the game is quick. The two ended up in an embrace, with Almora visibly weeping. "But just prayers right now and that's all I really can control". "I knew he needed somebody to walk up there".

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Almora added that he hopes the girl will recover and that he can be involved somehow in her life as she grows up.

ESPN reported that the initial news on the girl's condition was positive.

She died four days later in hospital, with a coroner ruling in February that the ball caused her death. "He was definitely a wreck when it happened".

The Almoras have two children - one who is almost 3, and an infant.

Passan also said Almora was very emotional, as the images of him clearly revealed.

Almora hit a fourth-inning line drive into the stands down the third-base line, where it struck the girl.

The bottom portions of these nets will be upwardly retractable by up to three feet, allowing fans the opportunity to fully interact with players during batting practice when the protective batting cage is being employed around the home plate area of the field.

"You can see through these fences here".