A Connecticut woman is recovering at her home in Branford after she took a foul ball to the face at a Boston Red Sox game right between her eyes.
Branford resident Stephanie Wapenski, 30, said the healing will take some time, but it won't stop her from cheering-on her favorite team.
"It's so, so fast! You can't imagine how fast it is until it happens,” Wapenski said.
Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius blasted a pitch towards third-base on Friday during the fifth inning of the Red Sox and New York Yankee game at Fenway Park. Wapenski was sitting eight rows back with her Fiance Matt, who is a life-long Yankees, when she was struck by the ball.
The incident left Wapenski with two black eyes and dozens of stitches.
"I heard it hit the bat. I saw it in the air,” Wapenski said. “But you know sometimes, coming straight at you and going directly away from you look the same so there was a moment when I was like, is that this way? And it was like, thunk, thunk."
The ball bounced back onto the field. Wapenski was rushed to the hospital, but sent home the same night after a round of scans and stitches.
"Minimum of 30. The doctor actually lost count himself, but he said there's at least 30 in there,” Wapenski said. “I'd say 30 to 40 range."
Her injury comes more than a month after another woman was seriously hurt by a broken bat in Boston.
Wapenski said what happened won't keep her from going back, she even heard from her team right after it happened.
"The Red Sox said that I'm welcome back as their guest in any seat I'll feel comfortable in,” Wapenski said. “So I'm thinking behind the netting would be preferable."
In this "house divided" where dad roots for the Yankees, she's confident their eight-month-old daughter will side with mom as she gets older.
"I'm pretty sure I'm guaranteed Red Sox at this point, I'm pretty sure, yea,” Wapenski said. “I did! I took the lump and she needs to be on my side because his side, they were hunting me down somehow."
The Red Sox have reached out to Wapenski, but she said she has not heard anything from the Yankees.
Eyewitness News tried to reach the team for a comment on Monday, but they didn't respond.
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