For lifelong Red Sox fan, Rocky Hill native Kevin Sweeney, a Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park was heaven.
“Beautiful day and the Sox had been playing well,” recalled Sweeney.
However, for Sweeney, as the second batter of the game came to the plate, things were about to turn dark. The bat, held by Connecticut native, Houston Astros player George Springer, snapped in pieces, flew up over the net and hit Sweeney in the head.
He said, it was “like a sledgehammer hit me in the back.”
Sweeney likened the sudden impact to the events at the Boston Marathon, “maybe some bomb went off because I didn’t think anything in the field had caused it.”
It wasn’t until Sweeney said what happened next that he realized what had transpired, “and then I realized everybody’s looking at me and it’s just my blood, so something happened to me.”
Medical personnel rushed Sweeney to the hospital and treated his wounds. Sweeney received ten stitches, which he hides under a Red Sox baseball cap signed from the team.
“It says best wishes,” he said.
Sweeney, a mathematician, said the chances of being struck by a broken bat may not be one in a million, but it’s close.
“The odds are one in 847,000.”
Sweeney said he walked away with an interesting story, a fascinating souvenir, and only minor injuries, but feels lucky, and remains a loyal Red Sox fan.
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