DENVER — A Rockies fan suffered an eye injury after he was hit by a foul ball at Coors Field on Sunday.
Andy Taylor was sitting in Section 147 in the outfield along the third-base line when he tried to catch a foul ball during the sixth inning of the game. The ball slipped through his hand and hit him in the eye.
The impact of the ball shattered his sunglasses, which left cuts and fractures in various bones.
“I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s, like, coming right towards us’,” the man’s wife Courtney Taylor said.
“It was just like ‘[The] Sandlot’ — nailed me right in the face,” Andy Taylor said. “I was trying to catch the ball and — silly me — I left my glove in the car.”
The Rockies stadium crew immediately responded to help Taylor before he was taken to Denver Health Medical Center.
Taylor said that he will require surgery to rebuild the orbital bone below his right eye.
The quest to catch the ball wasn’t a total failure.
Nolan Arenado made sure Taylor took the foul ball he almost caught home. Arenado signed a separate ball for him and the Rockies invited Taylor back for another game.
He says next time he’ll wear at catcher’s mask.
While Andy is injured he can’t work and the family will have to figure out how to make ends meet. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
Coors Field installed new safety netting during the off season that extended to the end of the dugouts.