Yankee Stadium has announced it will extend safety netting next season after this year’s terrible accident when a child was hit by a line drive.
Everyone gasped when the child was hit – the players visibly upset. No one wants this to happen, ever.
The NYT article goes on to say:
Had additional netting been in place on Aug. 20, the girl most likely would have been protected from the ball that hit her.
Aaah, there’s the rub. Most Likely. And here’s the problem. Do you net the entire stadium for the unlikely???? Do children go to the stadium dressed for the unlikely?
Don’t misunderstand me here. I am not making fun of the tragic events that injured the girl BUT we all go and do things every day that could LIKELY cause us and or children harm.
Where does this ruling end? How many stadiums will be fully netted? What will be netted next? Where does personal responsibility enter into the equation, even when the unlikely does occur? I have to assume all stadiums, of all sports today, have a clause that “you are here knowing the hazards”. Right?
This netting story reminds me of my favorite Switzerland family saga. We took the kids as teenagers back to where two of them were born and did some major driving up and around the mountain towns, famous for its switchbacks and, ahem NO guard rails anywhere.
Behind us at one point was a car, motoring at a pretty fast pace, then we heard (we had convertible with top down) a noise I can only describe as a whistle without whistling. Take your lips and intend to whistle but only make air sounds. Come to find out that sound was a car careening off the road high in the air then down a cliff, into an abyss that we certainly couldn’t get to. Also, in the days before cell phones, the best we could do was stop at the next town and report the accident.
My point? The Swiss are huge proponents in taking full responsibility for your actions. Driving without guard rails. Honor system in buying bus tickets.
I can understand, in this litigious day and age, and when companies are publicly called out on social media, the Yankees probably had NO CHOICE but to add netting. Who will be next? I think it’s a sad statement on how our lives are protected. But no one asked me my opinion before putting up the netting and it wasn’t my child hurt by the line drive. Maybe I’d feel differently had it been my child? I don’ think so but fortunately I don’t have to make that decision.
You think the extra netting is a good idea, a bad idea, or the inevitable for all stadiums?