Young Cyclones fan hit by errant ball

Brooklyn Currents | 7/13/2013 | 0 comments

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Aidan Keane, with his mom, Susan at their Long Island home, shows he still has a black eye after being hit in the face with a ball.
Nine-year-old Aidan Keane, on a night out a night out with his family at MCU stadium in Coney Island, was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull when  he was accidentally beaned by a Staten Island Yankees relief pitcher warming up in the bullpen at a July 3 game against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
"I didn't know if I was going to see again," said Aidan, who was sitting in the fourth row of the left field stands.
He was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center where doctors discovered he had a brain hemorrhage.
"In the ambulance I was on board with a collar," he said. "I still couldn't see and I was pinned down. It was a really bumpy ride."
The fourth grader was transferred late that night to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he spent the next three days in intensive care.
Fans getting hit by errant baseballs is not very unusual. On the back of each ticket there is a disclaimer warning visitors to be careful about balls flying into the stands from the game.
But Kean's family is considering  legal action against the Cyclones, arguing that the disclaimer doesn't include balls from players merely warming up.
"He got hit from behind so there was no way that he could protect himself," said the family's attorney, Jonathan Rice.


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