Major League Baseball may soon have to decide how it wants to deal with its foul ball problem.
A man is now suing the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball for $50,000 over injuries sustained when he was struck by a foul ball.
John “Jay” Loos, of Schaumburg, Ill. says he is now blind in his left eye after a line drive foul ball hit him in the face. Loos was seated on the first-base line at Wrigley Field with his 30-year-old son during an Aug. 29 game between the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Loos sustained a broken nose and other facial injuries and has since had three surgeries, with two more to go. Doctors also say they may have replace his eye with a prosthetic.
“I had no idea that you were subjected to such missiles and the rate of speed that a ball can come into the stands,” Loos told the Chicago Sun Times.
Loos said he was not on his cellphone at the time of the accident, and he told reporters at a press conference that the view from near home plate and the dugouts makes it hard to judge where the ball is going. “You can’t tell when the ball is contacted, you can’t tell where the ball is going, you can’t tell the rate of speed it’s going until it’s on top of you,” Loos said.
Loos is urging the Cubs and all teams in the MLB to install protective netting the length of the dugouts on both sides of the field.
Loos’ attorney, Colin Dunn, said he thinks the Cubs are open to discussion. “I do believe that they want to do the right thing for Jay,” Dunn said. “They told us that they’re willing to talk to us and so I take that at good faith. I do think they care about their fans.”
News of Loos’ suit comes after a child was injured by a line drive foul ball at a Sept. 20 Yankees game.