A woman had to be stretchered out of Fenway Park Friday night with life threatening injuries after she was hit by a broken bat during the A’s-Red Sox game.
The incident happened during a hit ball in the 2nd inning when A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie’s bat split in half and went careening into the stands. Based on the little video and pictures we have, the bat appears to have struck the woman in the head.
Here’s an edited sequence of the incident. Warning: some may find it disturbing.
We’re waiting on more updates, but here’s an excerpt describing the incident. Sounds incredibly scary.
Alex Merlis, of Brookline, Massachusetts, said he was sitting in the row behind the woman when the broken bat flew into the seats just a few rows from the field between home plate and the third base dugout.
“It was violent,” he said of the impact to her forehead and top of her head. “She bled a lot. A lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.”
A Boston police officer scooped up the young boy who was with her and shielded his eyes from the scene, and players from both teams stood outside their dugouts and peered into the stands with grave expressions on their faces. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was seen down on the field with the emergency workers.
After several minutes of medical attention, the woman was placed on a stretcher, with blood visible on much of her clothing, and wheeled behind home plate, in front of the Red Sox dugout, and out of the park, screaming in pain while thousands looked on with concern.