A young baseball fan is reportedly expected to recover after she was struck by a foul ball during the Cubs-Astros game Wednesday.
The frightening moment happened during the fourth inning when Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. launched a line drive into the stands at Houston's Minute Maid Park. The ball hit a small child, who appeared to be alert but crying as a man lifted her into his arms and carried her away, according to The Associated Press.
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Meanwhile, a horrified Almora watched from the field, kneeling and sobbing as teammates consoled him.
Albert Almora visibly shaken after his foul ball hit a young fan in the stands. Prayers that the fan is alright. pic.twitter.com/CQtzKYFRDi— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) May 30, 2019
Almora later spoke to a security guard, who embraced him as they discussed the girl's status.
This breaks your heart. Almora overcome with emotions after his foul ball struck a young fan at Minute Maid Park. pic.twitter.com/9cGRixMK8S— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) May 30, 2019
According to our sources, the young child was awake, responsive and taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. The child is expected to be ok. Thank goodness.— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) May 30, 2019
In a tearful interview after the game, Almora told reporters that he was "at a loss of words."
"As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her," Almora said. "With God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life."
He added: "Being a father of two boys, I want to put a net around the whole stadium."
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