A cameraman who was hit in the face by an infielder’s bad throw during a Major League Baseball game was eventually diagnosed with an orbital fracture.
American sports channel ‘YES Network’ announced on the 7th 안전놀이터(Korean time), “Cameraman Pete Stendell, who was hit in the head by a ball, was diagnosed with an orbital fracture and is resting at home.” Stendel was a cameraman next to the dugout on the first base side of the major league game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles held at Yankee Stadium in New York on the 6th.
The dizzying situation came at the bottom of the 5th inning with 1 out and 1 base. Yankees hitter Anthony Wolf hit an infield ground ball, and the Baltimore infield team attempted a double play by second baseman-shortstop-first baseman.
After catching the ball, second baseman Adam Frazier threw the ball to shortstop Gunner Henderson, who received the ball and threw it to the first baseman. At this time, a bad song came out. The throw went wide and flew to Stendel’s head.
Medical staff immediately gave Stendel first aid. As a result, the match was suspended for 17 minutes. Stendel was put on a stretcher and transported to a vehicle. During this process, he drew a ‘V’ with his fingers toward the audience. It was a sign that he was okay. The crowd applauded for a speedy recovery.
Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees, saw Stendel hit by a bad throw from the home team’s first base dugout. Director Boone said, “I was surprised to see that moment in real time. Good thing he’s recovering at home,” he said.
Baltimore coach Brandon Hyde also recalled the dizzying moment, saying, “It was a scary scene.” Henderson, who threw the wrong throw, said, “I hope Stendel is okay. Thank you to everyone who came out to help him.”