The woman who was struck by a broken bat at Fenway Park is expected to survive her nightmarish, life-threatening injuries sustained during the second inning of Friday’s game between the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.
Tonya Carpenter was hit in the head when Oakland’s Brett Lawrie's broken bat rocketed into the stands between the backstop and the away team's dugout on the third base side.
Horrified fans screamed as the bat fragment smashed into the woman, who was seated next to her 8-year-old son.
A Boston police officer consoled the child and carried him out of the stadium.
The impact caused a bloody mess, but fans jumped in quickly to help her. One man used his shirt to put pressure on the wound; others used scarves as tourniquets.
She was placed on a stretcher and was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
“Our thoughts and concern and certainly our prayers go out to the woman who was struck with the bat, her, and her family,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, according to the Boston Globe. “All you can think about is a family coming to a ballgame to hopefully get three hours of enjoyment and unfortunately with how close our stands are to the field of action. An accident like this tonight, it’s certainly disturbing.”
Carpenter remains in serious but stable condition. Both the A’s and the Sox observed a moment of silence during Saturday’s game. Red Sox designated hitter and fan-favorite David Ortiz told the Boston Globe that he tells fans to be careful whenever they sit close to the field.
“I’m always telling them, ‘Watch the game, watch the game,’ because anything can happen, especially when you’re that close,’’ Ortiz said. “There’s no net and what happened [Friday] night, I’ve been playing this game a long time and I don’t ever remember seeing somebody get injured that bad.”