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Baby injured at Durham Bulls game

Posted April 16, 2009
Updated April 17, 2009

— Emergency crews took a 7-month-old baby boy to Duke Medical Center Thursday night after a foul ball hit the child in the head at a Durham Bulls baseball game, the city’s 911 Center said.

The baby was in the picnic area near the left field line when he was hit, according to a Bulls spokesman.

Duke officials declined to release any information about the baby Friday morning. No other details were available.

The Durham Bulls team is owned by WRAL's parent company, Capitol Broadcasting.


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  • ThisIsMyName Apr 17, 2009

    I agree, there are risks around us everywhere. There are only so many "reasonable measures" a person/company/place can do.

    I hope the baby is ok and will be back for another Bulls game!

  • hollylama Apr 17, 2009

    Worst Case Scenario

  • hollylama Apr 17, 2009

    The picnic area near left field is sheltered and based on the distance the ball likely wasn't coming as fast as it could have been. Lets be thankful of that! Keeping a baby at home and sheltered is not the answer. A pitcher recently got plugged in the head from a line drive...does it happen often, NO! But when it does happen everyone questions why there weren't more precautions put into place. Put it like this, if we protected everyone from everything that could POTENTIALLY happen. We'd all be in plastic bubbles.

  • charlesboyer Apr 17, 2009

    Once, when I was about 8, my family moved up north for one winter. We bought a house that was on a pretty huge pond in the neighborhood, and as it does up there, it froze hard over in the winter.

    Some of my friends were ice skating on that pond one day and I begged my father to let me go out and join them.

    "No sir," he said in a serious voice that meant business, "the ice is too thin. You could get killed out there."

    "Dad," I pleaded, "the other kids are out there!"

    "Doesn't matter," Dad said. "You're my son and just because your Dad's fathers aren't smart enough to keep their sons off of thin ice doesn't mean you're going."

    That was the end of that. About an hour later, the ice collaped about ten feet from shore and a kid win in to the chest. I imagine it isn't easy to swim in ice skates, so he stood there until my Dad and some of the other fathers got a rope to him and drug him in. The kid spent the night in the hospital from exposure.

    Needless to say, I learned a lesson.

  • morebadnews Apr 17, 2009

    Blame, blame, blame, blame. Why is blaming someone so important??

  • seaturtlesrule Apr 17, 2009

    Blessings to the baby and the parents...
    Accidents happen. However, you CAN protect your child when they are babies. Keep them safe at home...often, if possible. When they get older, it's more out of your hands... I (a female!) used to play softball at school...we were all just lucky that no one got cracked in the head! Baseball for little leaguers is the most dangerous sport there is...a line drive can stop a child's heart (or go into defib.), or cause perm. brain damage (a la Natasha Richardson, RIP). Yes, it's an American tradition..la-de-da. I had fun in the '70's, and we didn't wear ANY protective gear!

    But maybe today...with all we know now...more protection and common sense is necessary~~~

    Peace & Love, Dudes.

  • colliedave Apr 17, 2009

    There is danger in everyday life. Sports teams can take protective action but foul objects (censor will not let me use the word) and pucks will come into the stands. To be totally secure buy a seat behind a screen or stay home.

  • ladyblue Apr 17, 2009

    Mercy hoping the baby will be OK without permanent damage. i don't think the parents are at fault. Sometimes accidents do happen. I'm sure if the parents were picnicking with the child and not in the bleechers,they thought they were out of harms way.

  • hawk_fan Apr 17, 2009

    I hope everything turns out okay. What a frightening thing to happen.

    I can't believe some people would blame the parents. They are probably already blaming themselves so let's not add to that guilt.

  • Adelinthe Apr 17, 2009

    Ya know folks, these things happen so quickly that even if the parents had tried to shelter the child, they may not have been quick enough. It's often quicker than the blink of an eye.

    The important part is that this child is hurt and needs our thoughts and prayers.

    So are we gona do that, or are we going to look for places to point fingers. For shame!


    Praying mightily for the child.

    God bless.