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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-12-2008, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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I do not care what team your a fan of, but if you bring a kid to the game you sit closer to home plate not the kid. That way something like this has a better chance to be prevented.




7-year-old in coma after foul beaning
'HE'S HOLDING ON TO THAT BALL RIGHT NOW' | Dominic DiAngi was at his first Cubs game when pitcher Ted Lilly slashed a foul into the stands that left him unconscious



BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter/[email protected]

Seven-year-old Dominic DiAngi couldn't wait to go to his first Cubs game Thursday. And for the first two innings, he was having a blast.

Then, a foul ball off the bat of Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly struck Dominic in the head and fractured his skull.
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Dominic DiAngi is in the hospital after being struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Ted Lilly during Friday's game at Wrigley .





The Frankfort boy was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital, where he was put into a medically induced coma because he wasn't breathing properly on his own. Still, his doctors say he may go home Monday or Tuesday, after the swelling in his brain has gone down, Dominic's father, Peter DiAngi, said.

Dominic was sitting with his father and older brother in a lower-level seat off third base. Peter DiAngi had been sitting in Dominic's seat, but the two switched places shortly before the boy was struck.

"The ball was coming right at him, and I thought it was going to go over his head, but apparently he might have stood up at the wrong time," Peter DiAngi said. "As soon as it happened, I just turned around and said, 'Oh, my God,' and scooped him up."

DiAngi tried to administer CPR to his unconscious son while running with him to the concourse, where he was helped by Cubs staff and paramedics. Dominic's breathing was thready and his eyes had rolled back in his head, DiAngi said.

"I was panicking because I just knew that this was not a good sign," he said. "I thought somehow it had been my fault."

Now, Peter DiAngi and his wife are waiting to see what, if any, long-term effects the head injury will have on Dominic.

"This is a kid who just lives, eats and breathes baseball," Peter DiAngi said. "He just wanted to make sure he got to his first big league game. It was supposed to be a great day for him."

Cubs spokesman Peter Chase wished Dominic "a speedy recovery" and said: "We look forward to welcoming him back to Wrigley Field as soon as he is ready."

Lilly was concerned after Thursday's game when told by reporters that a child had been injured. "Did it hit a kid -- that foul ball? Oh. I didn't even notice that. I wasn't sure where it was," Lilly said. "Hopefully, he's OK."

Lilly couldn't be reached for comment Friday, but a team spokesman said the pitcher asked for a phone number for the boy and his family and planned to get in touch.

Dominic did end up getting a keepsake from the game: the ball that hit him. A man sitting a few rows behind Dominic found the ball and offered it to his father.

"Dominic won't let go of the ball," his dad said. "He's holding on to that ball right now."

It's at least the second time in two months that a child has been struck in the head by an errant ball at a Chicago baseball game.

On June 4, 9-year-old Griffin Cox of Glen Ellyn was hit by a batting practice line drive at a White Sox game. He, too, suffered skull fractures and is recovering.

Contributing: Toni Ginnetti and Gordon Wittenmyer

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Freak accident, I don't know that there is etiquette for that sort of thing.

What a bummer.

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pure ans simple bad luck, wrong place wrong time
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wait a minute... 2 times in 2 month??? holy crap that's bad luck!! I never knew there was etiquette for this either as I would want the kid to sit closer for a better view but common sense also says that it would be easier to shield a child in this sort of situation. I agree that it was a freak accident though.
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as far as i saw nothign noted who was closer to the plate, and honestly, 1 seat closer or further.... not gonna make a whole lot of difference in impact energy

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as far as i saw nothign noted who was closer to the plate, and honestly, 1 seat closer or further.... not gonna make a whole lot of difference in impact energy

The purpose is to shield, not to create distance
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A friend of mine who used to play in the MLB refuses to let his family sit close to home base and definately not in the first 10 rows. He's seen too many foul balls injure people.
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The etiquette is the more experienced person at the game sits closest to the plate to shield. Never let the kid sit on the aisle.

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never knew there was an etiquette for that. All I know is if you're close and not behind a screen you better pay attention. Sometimes even if you're ready for it there's nothing you can do.

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never knew there was an etiquette for that. All I know is if you're close and not behind a screen you better pay attention. Sometimes even if you're ready for it there's nothing you can do.
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You have to be alert at a game! Now you even have to watch out for the maple bats breaking and flying into the crowd.
Even 20 rows up, you have to be paying attention as you can still get hit.

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wait a minute... 2 times in 2 month??? holy crap that's bad luck!! I never knew there was etiquette for this either as I would want the kid to sit closer for a better view but common sense also says that it would be easier to shield a child in this sort of situation. I agree that it was a freak accident though.
I hope he recovers ok. I do shielding all the time while walking down the street, in parking lots, etc.. hadn't considered it at a baseball game, but we always sit way up and away either behind a net or so far up that no ball will ever reach us anyways.

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