A Sept. 21 New York Times article, “Victory Becomes Footnote After Girl Is Struck by Line Drive,” describes a young girl who was hit in the nose and right eye by a batted baseball at a speed of 106 miles per hour as she sat directly behind the third-base dugout with her grandfather. The article further stated that protective netting does not cover that area.
I have attended College of William and Mary baseball games at Plumeri Park for the past three years since moving to this area after retiring. I purposely sit behind the netting because, as a 60-year-old man, my reflexes are not as good as they once were.
However, I have seen parents bring their young children to games and they sit in the unprotected sections. No parent or grandparent can protect these children if a baseball is hit in their direction at 100 piles per hour.
I write this letter hoping that William and Mary will extend the netting to protect all baseball fans, especially the young stars of the future who sit where their parents direct them.
Please extend the netting so that a similar tragedy does not happen at Plumeri Park.
Kevin M. Shaffer
James City County