A baseball game is usually a pleasant place to be, but on rare occasions, your seat is not the safest. No matter how many signs tell us to be aware of objects flying into the stands, there are going to be wayward bats and missile line drives that bear down on you before you can react.
Stephanie Taubin, a 46-year-old Brookline, Massachusetts resident who was struck by a ball that flew into the stands on June 17th last season, is suing Sox owner John Henry for the severe damage she suffered. According to the lawsuit that Taubin filed on Wednesday, she has experienced neurological damage and facial fractures as a result of the traumatic incident.
A major part of Taubin’s suit is that the ball that hit her traveled through an area usually covered by glass, which at that time was removed for renovations. The Sox organization is understandably cautious about the case, saying that they cannot comment on pending legal matters, but that fan safety is a priority.
I’d be very surprised if Henry does not come to an out-of-court settlement with Taubin. Avoiding the negative publicity and intense scrutiny of a trial is probably worth a few millions dollars for him. I also wouldn’t wind Henry shilling out a few million more to protect fans and minimize these incidents in the future.