Kaitlyn Salazar, the teenage Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was hit with a foul ball in a recent game, speaks out for the first time since she has been darkened and loses some of her vision at Dodger Stadium on Sunday
Kaitlyn Salazar, the teenage Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was hit with a foul ball in a recent game, speaks out for the first time since she is darkened and loses part of her vision on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
& # 39; When I blinked, everything went dark & # 39 ;, Salazar, a native of Corona, California told The affiliated ABC of Los Angeles. & # 39; And then dark and light came out.
& # 39; It all happened quickly. & # 39;
Salazar sat four rows behind the dug-out along the first baseline, just outside the range of the protective mesh. In the first inning, after getting up to go to the toilet, Salazar was hit with a line drive off the at bat by Dodger's slugger Cody Bellinger.
& # 39; You know just like those movies when a bomb goes off and you hear a creepy sound, then the scene begins to fade and then everyone is muttered, & # 39; said Salazar. & # 39; Like that. & # 39;
Salazar was diagnosed with concussion and is still having problems with vision in her right eye, but doctors told her that this should improve over time.
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Kaitlyn Salazar holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Cody Bellinger from Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday
Salazar initially received an ice pack and sat in her chair for 15 minutes before being taken to the hospital for precautions. Bellinger even took the time to check her between innings and the two exchanged a & # 39; thumbs up & # 39; in
Salazar sat four rows behind the dug-out along the first baseline, just outside the range of the protective mesh. In the first inning, after getting up to go to the toilet, Salazar was hit with a line drive off the bat of Dodger's slugger Cody Bellinger
The game was stopped for about six minutes while Salazar was being tended by first aid workers.
& # 39; I know the game stopped because I was looking around and no one was playing and I had many people look at me & # 39 ;, Salazar said.
Salazar initially received an ice pack and sat in her chair for 15 minutes before being taken to the hospital for precautions. Bellinger even took the time to check her between innings.
& # 39; It was weird. I literally saw it hit her face, & Bellinger told reporters on Sunday. & # 39; I'm sure it was hard for everyone. I went on for the next half inning to make sure. She said it was fine and gave me a thumbs up. & # 39;
& # 39; He waved at me, & # 39; Salazar said to ABC 7. & I did not have a clear view in my right eye, so I thought it was a blob. But my mother said he waved at me and he gave me a thumbs up. & # 39;
Salazar's mother described her sense of helplessness.
& # 39; It was very frightening & # 39 ;, said Roxie Salazar. & # 39; As a parent, it is your job to protect your children. It was really difficult because I felt that I could not protect her against the ball. & # 39;
Some fans demand an extension of the protective network of MLB stadiums after several similar incidents, including one in which a fan died later after being hit at Dodgers Stadium last year with a foul ball.
On Monday, the Dodgers promised to expand their nets, although the precise timing remains unclear.
Salazar (left, in the middle) had seats along the first baseline, beyond the protective mesh of the stadium. Her mother, Roxie (right), described the situation as & # 39; extremely frightening & # 39;
Salazar was taken to the hospital where the diagnosis of concussion was made
During the six-minute delay, Dave Roberts (right) walked onto the field to talk to Cody Bellinger (left) to investigate Salazar, who was holding an ice pack to her head
According to one of the announcers, Bellinger said that Salazar & # 39; was smoked in the face & # 39;
& # 39; Fan safety is of the utmost importance for the Dodgers and during the off season we started to study how the net can be configured at Dodger Stadium to better protect our fans & # 39 ;, read a statement from the team. & # 39; Once this study is completed, the team implements the recommended changes and expands the network at Dodger Stadium. & # 39;
Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy (left) and manager Dave Roberts (right) stand at Cody Bellinger (center) while Salazar is provided by first aid providers
Dodger's team president and CEO Stan Kasten told the Orange County Register that she cannot say when, exactly, the changes will take place, but there is still a chance that they can be implemented this season.
& # 39; I certainly can't say that, although I think it's likely. There is certainly something going on. I don't know yet about the exact timing. & # 39;
The safety of fans was further investigated after a young girl was hit by a foul ball in Houston during a game on 29 May. The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals have recently announced that they will extend their nets to the error posts.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would like to see it happen at other ballparks.
& # 39; I think that certainly needs to be intensified, & # 39; he said. & # 39; For me, when we talk about anticipating things, I see nothing wrong with that idea. & # 39;
Bellinger also supports the expansion of the network.
& # 39; I assume that would be a smart decision, & # 39; he said. & # 39; The people in the first row do not have enough response time. I am ready at first base and I have to be ready, and they are ten feet away from me. That's a scary situation. & # 39;
Linda Goldbloom, 79, (front right) was hit by a foul ball that flew over the protective mesh plane during a Dodgers contest in August 2018. She died four days later of acute intracranial bleeding due to the history of blunt force trauma & # 39; & # 39; of the hit ball
Earlier this month, MLB Rob Manfred said he did not expect teams to expand the protective network at stadiums this season following an incident in which a young girl in Minute Maid Park in Houston was hit by a line-drive foul ball and then in the hospital was admitted.
Manfred spoke about & # 39; structural problems & # 39; who would be involved if changes were made during the season, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle, but he said the focus on safety would remain, if not intensify.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred does not expect teams to expand the protective network in stadiums this season, despite a recent incident in which a young girl in Minute Maid Park in Houston was hit by a foul ball and subsequently hospitalized
& # 39; That conversation not only takes place during the season, but more importantly, during the off season, & # 39; Manfred said. & # 39; It is very difficult given how far the clubs have gone with the net to make changes during the year. They are really structural problems. But because safety is so important, I am sure that the conversation will begin and continue during the off season. & # 39;
Manfred also said that if securing the fan first means that & # 39; the mesh system must go beyond the dugouts, so be it. Every baseball field is different. The reason I hesitate with & # 39; beyond the dugout & # 39; is because there are already many clubs behind the dugout. & # 39;
The Astros extended the net in Minute Maid Park from dugout to dugout for the 2017 season, and MLB gave up the set-up for all baseball pitches the following year.
Manfred also said that not everyone wants to sit behind nets.
& # 39; There is a balance here. We have fans who say they don't want to sit behind nets, & # 39; Manfred said. & # 39; I think we have found the balance so far in favor of fan safety, and I think we will continue to do so in the future. & # 39;
On May 29, a young girl (here crying) was hit by a foul ball in Houston, Texas during the Astros vs.. Cubs game. She was also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure
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