Last month, a young girl was hit by a 105 mph foul ball, leading to a 4-minute delay at Yankee Stadium while the girl was carried out of the stadium.
Todd Frazier, who hit the ball, immediately dropped to his knees. Members of the Minnesota Twins were openly crying and praying on the field. Brian Dozier had trouble containing his emotion after the game:
"We've been trying to get these teams to put nets up," said Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. "Number one, you don't bring kids down there. And number two, every stadium needs to have nets. That's it. I don't care about the damn view of the fan or what. It's all about safety. I still have a knot in my stomach."
It wasn't the first incident like that in the Bronx this year -- Aaron Judge accidentally hit another fan with a 105 mph line drive of his own -- and it led to many to call for the Yankees to extend the protective netting behind home plate to further protect fans sitting at the field level.
After dodging the question -- and getting criticized for their lack of response -- the Yankees announced at the start of this month that they would, in fact, "significantly expand" their safety nets. It came after 10 other teams preemptively announced they would extend their netting in some way.
Now, the Brewers are joining them.
When the team takes the field for the home opener on April 2nd, 2018, the netting will stretch to the outside of both dugouts.
There might be some fans sitting behind the dugouts complaining about their view, but the netting never seems to be a problem for the folks sitting behind home plate, and this seems like a fairly small concession to make in order to make sure a near-tragedy doesn't happen in Milwaukee.