A child at Astros game was struck by a foul ball in a scary scene, leaving Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. visibly shaken

Bob Levey/Getty ImagesAlbert Almora Jr. is comforted by teammates and Minute Maid Park security after a foul ball he hit struck a young fan in the crowd.
  • A young child at Minute Maid Park was struck by a foul ball on Wednesday night.
  • The scary scene unfolded in the fourth inning, with Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hitting a ball foul down the third-base line.
  • The child was immediately rushed out of the stands, while Almora reacted with horror.

A scary scene unfolded at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night after a young fan was struck with a foul ball.

During the fourth inning, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball down the third-base line.

Almora reacted in horror almost immediately, and fans in the crowd signalled for attention.

Associated Press photographer David J. Phillip caught the immediate aftermath in the stands, as a man carried the crying child up and away from the crowd.

Almora broke down in tears, needing a few minutes to regain his composure before continuing at the plate. He was consoled by teammates and coaches before embracing a member of the stadium’s security team.

“He rips a line drive down the third-base line and it comes in and it looks like it hits someone hard,” said David LeVasseur, the man who wound up with the ball, told the Houston Chronicle. “It bounces, comes down and hits the guy to my left off ricochet and the next thing you know it’s at my feet. I pick it up and all we heard was screaming.”

LeVasseur also said the ball had no traces of blood on it and that the child was alert and conscious when he ran up the stands to check on them.

After the game, Almora said that the conversation he had with the security guard was about the girl’s condition, but could not go into detail. “Unofficial things,” Almora said. “I wish I could say more.”

Almora went on to say that he hopes he can develop a relationship with the child and her family.

“Right now, I’m just praying and I’m speechless,” he said. “I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing, I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now, and that’s all I really can control.”

You can watch Almora’s comments below.

The incident reignited calls from across the league to extend protective netting further into foul territory.

“There’s a lot of kids coming to the games – young kids who want to watch us play, and the balls come in hard,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. “I mean, the speed of the game is quick, and I think any safety measure we can take to, you know, make sure that the fans are safe, we should do it.”

Currently, Minute Maid Park’s protective netting only extends to the end of the visiting team’s dugout on the third-base side, but after Wednesday night, that could change in the near future.

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