Skip to comments.Span hits mom with foul ballWilson only sore after scary incident in Twins game
Posted on 03/31/2010 1:09:34 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
TAMPA, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Denard Span struck his mother, Wanda Wilson, in the chest with a foul ball during his at-bat in the top of the first inning on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Span was leading off the game against the Yankees' Phil Hughes when he fouled a 3-2 pitch directly to the left of the visitors' third-base dugout, where a group of his family members were settling in for the game.
The ball struck his mother, and Span immediately dashed into the field-level seats, consoling her as help arrived.
According to an announcement, paramedics checked on Wilson and while she was sore, she declined to go to a local hospital and instead remained at the stadium, seeking a seat in the shade to rest and watch the game.
After the delay, Span returned to the plate and looked at a called third strike from Hughes, remaining in the game. He exited after the top of the third, going 0-for-2.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
What are the chances?
That was my first thought as well.
The odds are against it, I would think
i was coaching a babe ruth league team...my best pitcher was on the mound....i was looking at the score book...heard the batter make contact...i looked up just in time to see a line shot foul....i had a split second to turn my head and tried to duck but took it right in the side of the head....needless to say it was one hell of a concussion and messed up my equalibrium to this day....
So this is a description or account of a game without the express written permission of major league baseball?? This guy is in trouble!
I heard he was trying to pop one over to her as a souvenior. When he ran over there he was overheard saying “Mom - you were supposed to catch it!” ;)
Glad to here the gal is okay! What a scare for them both.
Baseball foul balls are more dangerous than people think
Everytime I see one go into the stands I wince.
It was not subject to approval, therefore ok to report.
I was watching that...,.after 5-7 minutes she got up with the help of medical people.
Mother's day, 1939
Soft tissue injuries are time bombs. The internal bleeding causes the real damage hours later. She should get to a hospital and get some imaging done, while we are not in the thrall yet of the deadly Obama-medical-restraints.
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Someone is going to have to buy a really good Mother’s Day gift this year.
I was sitting center seat first row behind the Red Sox dugout (Best seats i ever got there) in the early 80’s.
A foul ball laser beam was lauched at us.
We all ducked except this one young girl who caught it right on the side of her head.
I never seen so much blood.
I duck even quicker nowadays....
I wince when these maple bats shatter. Only a matter of time before someone really gets hurt with one of these wooden daggers.
As long as it’s not Roger clemens throwing it at you...
I had to watch that several times to figure out what was going on. I think an air traffic controller is going to lose his job over that.
That's why they are called "foul balls"
You want to keep your eye on the game. Seriously.
I go to watch the Mariners at Safeco Field two or three times a season. While waiting for the game, there is always an announcment about "feeling you are too close to the action", and that they will find you a different seat if you wish.
I know my eldest daughter actually doesn't want to sit down by the field as she doesn't like all the "balls and bats" flying into the stands.
Wow! I know that baseball keeps stats for EVERYTHING, but, stats on how many players have hit there mothers is a little much.
"It was a pretty scary moment," said Minnesota right-hander Brian Duensing after the Twins defeated the Yankees, 4-2. "It happened so fast. I was talking to Denard about it, and he said that once he fouled the ball off and hit it, then he realized it was his mom. He knew right away, so he ran over there. From what I heard, she's all right, but it could have been way worse."
Paramedics stationed at the stadium checked on Wilson and while she reported being "sore," she declined to go to a local hospital and instead remained at the stadium, seeking a seat in the shade to rest and watch some more of the game.
Span left the stadium without speaking to reporters, but he fired off a seven-word Twitter message on his mobile phone around 4 p.m. ET, reading, "My mom is feeling OK right now!"
"That is kind of weird that something like that would happen," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said in Fort Myers, Fla. "I'm glad she's OK."
There is a vertical net behind home plate on the field level at the Yankees' spring home, but it does not stretch all the way to the dugouts. Wilson was sitting in an area of five-seated rows that is unprotected.
"It's kind of a really dangerous spot," Hughes said. "I think they should move the nets all the way in to the dugout, because you can get those foul balls like that, arguably coming back harder than if a guy just nicks one and it goes back to the screen.
"That's really tough. I know he's from around here, so it had to weigh on him when he was out trying to finish that at-bat and go on in the game."
After the delay, Span returned to the plate and looked at a called third strike from Hughes, remaining in the game. A Tampa native, Span exited after the top of the third, going 0-for-2.
"It affected him," said Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, who was serving as Minnesota's acting manager for the split-squad game. "He wanted to come out then, so we took him out. He went and saw her, and then he said, 'Oh, I'll stay in.' He's real close, and obviously it's his mom. Finally, we said, 'Just go. Go be with her.'
"I know it tore him up pretty good. She's doing well, they said she's fine, and he got a chance to be with her. I'm sure he'll probably buy her a nice dinner tonight and nurse her along."