Spectator falls into Red Sox bullpen in Philadelphia

Associated pressMay 5, 2023, 8:02 p.m. ET2 minute read

PHILADELPHIA — A spectator fell over a protective railing and into the Red Sox bullpen while searching for a baseball during the first inning of Boston’s game against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

The fan was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s trauma center, according to medical staff at the scene, after falling from a level of an open hall into the Boston bullpen in center field right.

The injury occurred when the fan reached over a railing in an attempt to retrieve a ball thrown in his direction, the Phillies said in a statement. The Phillies said the fan was aware and responsive as they left the stadium. His injuries were not disclosed.

Later in the game, a Phillies employee was cleaning blood from the concrete in the area where the fan fell.

Masataka Yoshida, Boston’s second hitter, was facing Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler when Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado ran from the bullpen to the outfield to draw attention to the incident. Medical workers quickly rushed to the second level of the bullpen as Red Sox relievers watched nearby.

Security personnel immediately cleared the fans from the railing at Ashburn Alley, which is near the bullpen, while medical responders attended to the fan, who was wearing a Phillies jersey. Red Sox relievers watched in concern as silence fell on the near-sold-out baseball stadium that was in vogue for the game and Bryce Harper’s first action in Philadelphia since his elbow surgery. the offseason.

The spectator was tied to a backboard and carried out of the bullpen and field on a stretcher and cart.

Play resumed after about 10 minutes of delay.

Fans remained on the railing later in the game at Ashburn Alley, named after Hall of Famer and former Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn, which has been a popular hangout since the ballpark opened in 2004. From the railing above the bullpen, which includes a ledge to accommodate food and drink, fans can also watch the bullpen closely from a seating area that also has a ledge.

Some fans wondered on Friday night whether they would be banned from watching the game from this area after the fan fell.

In the original plan for the ballpark, the Phillies relievers sat on the top portion of the bullpen closest to the fans. But the visitor’s enclosure was moved to the upper level and the residential enclosure was moved below.

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