It was a start.
But it’s not good enough.
This is where you come in.
When the clubs were ordered to expand their netting, they reached out to their fans, primarily their season-ticket holders, asking their opinion on whether they want the netting to extend even further than required.
The answer was a resounding no.
“We had fans upset,’’ Yankees COO Lonn Trost told the New York Times this summer, “that we’re even considering it.’’
The fans complained in the surveys, saying they’re not paying $300 for a lower ticket to watch a game through a screen. They want a completely unimpeded view. They told the teams that they realize the inherent danger, but they’re willing to take the risk.
It’s time to drop the machismo.
Call your team and Andrew Miller Jerseys voice your opinion that you’re now standing up for safety. Send emails. Leave voicemails. Complain to your ushers. Make your voice heard loud and clear.
And if you don’t feel your team is listening to you, hurt them back where it hurts the most.
Smack in their bank account.
Don’t renew your season tickets this winter. Stop coming to games, unless a change is made.
Do that, and you’ll see just how quickly your team responds.
No more excuses. No more alibis. No more gruesome incidents that will ultimately lead to tragedy.
We never should have waited until 2008 for Jason Kipnis Jerseys Major League Baseball to mandate that every base coach on the field wear batting helmets, but it took a line drive on July 22, 2007 that struck Colorado Rockies minor-league coach Mike Coolbaugh Francisco Lindor Jerseys in the neck while standing in the first-base coach’s box.
He was pronounced dead an hour later.
The NHL used to have its own debate about protective netting, too.
That ended the evening of March 16, 2002.
Brittanie Cecil, a 16-year-old girl, was struck by a puck watching the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The league immediately mandated netting at the ends of every arena.
It's good that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Thursday that MLB will "redouble our efforts" in working with clubs "on this issue."
Yet, that still makes it clear the ultimate power lies with individual franchises.
In that case, if you're going to complain about seeing though Cleveland Indians Jerseys a net, you may want to contact Tonya Carpenter 44, who was struck in the head by the barrel of a broken bat in 2015 at Fenway Park. She underwent brain surgery to stay alive. Stephanie Wapenski, was hit in the forehead five days later at Fenway Park by a foul ball. She needed 40 stitches.
Ask them what they think about protective netting?
“I don’t care about the damn view of a fan, it’s all about safety,” Dozier said. “We’ve been trying to get these teams to put nets up. We’ve got to do something about it.
Please, before it’s too late.
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