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Albert Pujols hits kid with a homer, but it's all good

Jun 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

Pujols swing.jpgAlbert Pujols hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of last night’s game, but a kid — who thought he had some pretty sweet seats in the first row of the bleachers — got smacked in the chest with it.  He was soon seen crying, though whether it was because of the pain of the ball or because he missed the catch with the glove he brought with him is an open question. But there was a happy ending: Albert Pujols saw the replay of it and sent the kid a bat.

Or maybe it wasn’t happy. Because now Pujols has created a perverse incentive against catching balls heading into the bleachers. Children everywhere will now thrust themselves, face-first, into home run balls, hoping against hope that they too will get a valuable piece of baseball memorabilia. Once this trend — that I’m no doubt not the first to recognize — becomes obvious, Mr. Pujols will be sued into the poorhouse and chain-link fences will be erected around the stands at every ballpark, transforming ballgames into something not unlike a prison rodeo.

Wait. That’s all crazy. Sorry. Just had a flashback to the old legal practice. I’m much better now.

  1. Mark - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I hate to laugh at the kid, but his reaction was absolutely hilarious. First he tries to tough it out, grimacing and nodding that he’s ok. Kid’s quite the trooper.

  2. jjschiller - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Pretty classy move by Pujols. That wasn’t a screamer in to foul territory kind of a deal. No one would have noticed if he didn’t do something. That’s good to see.

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