NEW YORK -- A young boy's trip to a baseball game took a turn for the worse Monday at Citi Field when he was struck in the face with a foul line drive in the ninth inning of the Mets' win over Florida. The play happened along the first-base line during the first leg of a doubleheader.
The impact of the blow caused the boy to bleed heavily, and he was escorted to an ambulance in a wheelchair, accompanied by his mother. The Mets could not provide personal information about the boy due to medical privacy laws.
"I saw it hit him, he didn't even move," Mets second baseman Justin Turner said. "I heard his mom screaming, and I look back over and blood was squirting out of his forehead onto his mom. It was pretty disturbing.
"It hit him right between the eyes. It was probably one of the worst things I've ever seen on a baseball field."
Florida's Greg Dobbs, who hit the ball, said after the second game that Mets vice president of security Robert Kasdon told him that the boy's nose was not broken, that his orbital bones are fine, and that the boy's sight has not been damaged. In addition, Turner said he saw the boy talking while he was being wheeled through the bottom of the stadium.
After the accident, Turner came over and gave his jersey to the boy's mother, and Dobbs gave the mother his bat.
"You don't want anybody getting hurt on something that you've done," Dobbs said. "It's not like I did it on purpose, but especially a kid. They're defenseless. I've got two kids of my own and I'd never want that to happen to either of my children. It's a tough thing. As a parent, I can imagine what was going through the mom's mind. I got her number so I'm going to call her tonight and see how her son's doing, and take it from there. Make sure he's OK, first and foremost. "
Turner felt especially bad that such an accident occurred during what should have been a fun day at the ballpark for the boy and his mother, and added that he hopes the incident doesn't spoil the boy's fledgling baseball fandom.
"I felt sick to my stomach," Turner said. "Hopefully he's all right and it's nothing too serious and we can get him out there and give him a glove for next time."
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.