How can parents be such idiots?
June 8, 2010
I was at a Dodgers game last weekend, and my buddy and I noticed a large number of very young children at the stadium (some parents even had babies in little cradle/seat devices). We commented that it seemed ridiculous to bring children so young that they would both have no recollection of going to the game and no understanding of what was happening. In addition, kids under the age of 5 or 6 also simply don’t have the patience to pay attention to the action for any sustained period of time. As if to (unfortunately) prove my point, I read this article on ESPN a few minutes ago:
Girl’s skull fractured by line drive
LOS ANGELES — A 3-year-old girl’s skull was fractured after being hit by a line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium.
A Los Angeles Dodgers spokesman says the injury is not life-threatening and the girl is scheduled to be operated on Tuesday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. ET Monday when Dodgers catcher Russell Martin hit a line drive down the left-field line.
Martin was visibly shaken by the incident and watched as the girl’s father rushed her to a first aid station, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was taken by ambulance from Dodger Stadium to the hospital.
Martin has offered to pay the girl’s medical expenses in full, a team spokesman said, according to the report.
“As soon as it hit, I heard the sound, I knew it wasn’t a good sound. And then I saw him grab her, it didn’t look like she was moving, so that was scary,” Martin said, according to MLB.com. “I mean, I’ve hit somebody before, but not where they had to be rushed to the hospital.”
Yes, it sucks that it happened, but it reminds me of that line in the movie Mall Rats in which the character Brody (played by Jason Lee) is infuriated by the sight of a small child sitting on an escalator…