Addison Russell sounded genuinely upset about the freak accident that happened during his Wrigley Field debut.
Russell’s bat slipped out of his hands and hit a fan during the seventh inning of Monday night’s 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. A Cubs spokesman said the fan was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
“I felt so bad – words can’t describe how bad I feel,” said Russell, who wants to give the fan an autographed bat. “I just feel terribly bad about that.”
Paramedics and a first-aid physician arrived on the scene, not far from where chairman Tom Ricketts and president of business operations Crane Kenney had been sitting. The fan left the lower concourse on a stretcher.
“The patient was conscious and communicating with staff while being transported from the stands,” a Cubs spokesman said in a statement. “We will remain in communication with his family to keep updated on his progress.”
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Russell struck out during that at-bat against Pirates reliever Rob Scahill, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and an error on a night where it must have been difficult to concentrate.
“Some of the things you just have to block out,” Russell said. “But (when) the bat was in mid-flight, in my mind I’m screaming: ‘Watch out! Watch out!’ And then I saw the dude’s glasses fly and it just wasn’t pretty. I feel really bad.”