A young fan was slammed by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr at Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Astros, sending the crowd at Houston’s Minute Maid Park into a hush and the player into emotional distress.
Play was halted for a brief stoppage after the incident. Almora was distraught and dropped to two knees and needed to be consoled by Cubs manager Joe Maddon and other teammate. The entire Astros infield sunk in to their knees, too, as a man rushed the child up the stairs.
Almora struggled to play through the remainder of the innings. After the fourth inning concluded, Almora went over to the section to inquire about the condition of the fan and the overwhelmed player hugged a security guard.
The condition of the victim is yet to be known.
“All we heard was screaming,” said LeVasseur, 26. “We saw this dad pick up the child and run up the stairs. He took off running.”
Following the game, Almora said he was aware he struck a fan as soon as he hit the ball.
“God willing, I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. Prayers right now,” Almora said after the game.