Girl arrested for Cody Bellinger hug calls it 'best day ever'

Ross Houston
June 25, 2019

A young woman was taken to the hospital after being struck by a foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger at Dodger Stadium.

Salazar was sitting four rows from the field along the first-base line, just beyond the netting that extends to the end of the visiting dugout.

Hours after being called up from the minors, Will Smith connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Sunday.

A shaken Bellinger had checked on the woman before she got further medical attention.

She remained in her seat and was given an ice pack, but left a short time later.

The incident comes a month after a 4-year-old girl was struck by a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

A first-aid person who treated the woman says she was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests but that she was alert and answering questions. I gave him a hug and he said 'You really did that?!' and that's when they tackled me.

"I saw it literally hit her face, " Bellinger said.

"I went over the next half-inning just to make sure", he said.

Last season, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was struck by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium on August 25 and died four days later.

"I got a little better as the game went on", Kershaw told The Orange County Register after his 100-pitch effort. It's hard to come up with a reason not to expand the netting other than that fans like catching foul balls, but this is overtly a case where the risk exceeds the reward.

"I don't think my hugs are that special, to be honest", he told reporters afterward, including David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports.

Fan safety has emerged as a priority for Major League Baseball over the last few years and all 30 teams have expanded their netting.

Bellinger said he would be in favor of the netting being extended further down the lines at Dodger Stadium. "That would be a smart decision just to protect those fans in the front row that don't have the reaction time". I'm over at first base, and I have to be ready, and they're 10 feet over from me.

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