Earlier this week, the Dodgers made a rare interleague visit to Yankee Stadium for a three-game series. It was only their second visit to the Bronx since interleague play began in 1997.
Needless to say, Dodgers fans swarmed the ballpark, so much so that they gave a Roll Call to the visiting team. Unfortunately for one Dodgers fan named Alyssa Gerharter, the trip to see her favorite team resulted in a lost tooth. She took a Yasiel Puig foul ball to the face. Ouch.
At least Gerharter took it in stride. The Dodgers won that night and they took two of three in the series too, so it all worked out on the field.
Here’s what Gerharter told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
“I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, ‘I don’t have a glove to catch this ball,'” Gerharter told the Daily News. “And I think I put my hands up in front of my face. I saw it was coming at me and registered that it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn’t so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there’s a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there’s a tooth in my hand.”
The next night, after Puig learned he knocked out Gerharter’s tooth with a foul ball, he met with her to offer … an apology? That’s not something that deserves an apology, really. Total accident. Wrong place at the wrong time. It happens. There are signs all over the ballpark warning fans about foul balls.
Anyway, here’s Puig meeting Gerharter:
Remember folks, be alert at the ballpark! Especially if you’re seated within range of hard-hit foul balls. Then again, maybe swapping a tooth to meet a player isn’t such a bad trade-off.
Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: Yasiel Puig meets fan after knocking out her tooth with a foul ball