Geoffrey Jacobson was out at a baseball game with his daughter when a freak accident occurred. Geoffrey took his now two-year-old toddler to the Yankee stadium to watch the baseball game when a foul ball smashed her in the face. The 105 mile per hour foul ball ended up breaking her nose and also causing several facial fractures.
The fractures were so bad that it caused her eyes to swell shut.
The young girl has now returned home but her condition remains ‘serious.’
Geoffrey’s daughter was struck by a foul ball in the fifth inning of the Yankees game against the Minnesota Twins on September 20th.
He says that he is ‘fortunate’ to have his daughter return back home but the young girl, who just turned 2 this week, had to spend five days at the New York Hospital before being released on September 25th.
Her condition so far remains serious and her vision is still impaired. Surgery could be required in the future.
In an interview with the Times, Geoffrey said: ‘while there are numerous medical follow-ups and some remaining medical questions to be answered, we can’t ignore how fortunate we are that our little girl is home.’
Geoffrey, who is a real estate lawyer, said that Yankees brass has not yet contacted him but he has heard from a public relations employee.
During the game, players from both teams were visibly shaken as the stadium went quiet after the young girl was struck on the side of the head.
The Yankees third baseman, Todd Frazier, who was the one who hit the ball, could be seen taking a knee with tears streaming down his face.
Geoffrey has since urged the Yankees and other baseball teams to extend their protective netting so that further incidents like this don’t happen.
The team finally issued a statement on Sunday afternoon saying that it would ‘significantly expand’ their netting in both the New York stadium and also the team’s spring training ballpark.
Geoffrey said: ‘it’s what they should have said from Day 1, but I’m happy to hear this. I hope the remaining teams follow suit because it’s not just about the Yankees.’
Geoffrey said that Todd Frazier has kept in touch multiples times over the course of the past few weeks.
In that same interview with the Times, Geoffrey said: ‘not only is he a world-class athlete, but he is a better person and that is what really matters.’ The father has also said that legal action against the Yankees is ‘not on my radar.’