Close Call for Snider
Fisher Cat left fielder Travis Snider fell to the ground after being hit in the helmet and head by a foul ball in the bottom of the fifth inning. Aaron Mathews was at the plate and fouled the ball with a checked swing. It hit Snider, who was waiting for his turn to bat. Snider was tended to by Fisher Cat staff and when Mathews grounded out to end the inning, went back to left field.
He left the game when it was his turn to bat when the Fisher Cats came back in. “It kind of grazed off the side of his head,” said manager Gary Cathcart. “You can never tell about those things so we kind of erred on the side of caution…He seems to be fine so hopefully he’ll be right back in there tomorrow.”
There was a game earlier this season where some lefty (Overbay?) slashed at a pitch and it went off his bat and straight towards the on-deck circle. If David Eckstein was the size of a normal man, he would no longer be with us (a hidden evolutionary advantage?). Oh well, until someone actually gets killed, having the next batter line up way too close to even flinch at a hard liner coming off the bat 20 feet away probably isn’t something to worry about. At least the base coaches are safe!