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Tonya Carpenter was hit with a baseball bat Friday at Fenway. Her friends have set up an online fundraising account to pay for her medical expenses. (GoFundMe.com) Tonya Carpenter was hit with a baseball bat Friday at Fenway. Her friends have set up an online fundraising account to pay for her medical expenses. (GoFundMe.com)
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When we go to a ball game the last thing we probably think about is the chance of injury. But please, if you go and are fortunate enough to have tickets close to the action, pay attention to what's going on in the field.

Injuries can happen too quickly.

Case in point: Tonya Carpenter was enjoying a Red Sox game at Fenway in one of the third base box seats this weekend when Oakland's Brett Lawrie hit a grounder and his bat splintered. The big part helicoptered into the stands and hit Tonya in the forehead.

Whether she was distracted or whether the bat got to her before she could react, she was seriously injured.

It's a grim reminder for all of us to get off our phones and pay attention.

A decade ago, when maple bats were all the rage and Barry Bonds hit 71 home runs using one, bats shattered at alarming rates. Rules changed on bats and require harder woods with tighter grains. It's reduced the number of splintered bats by about 50 percent, according to MLB. But it's still a danger.

What's the answer?

Japanese ballparks extend the protective netting from behind the plate down the first and third base lines. But even more netting may not be the answer.

In April in Pittsburgh, a woman with seats behind home plate had her back to the game when she was struck in the head by a foul ball that had enough force, even with the net, to knock her down.

Be safe, folks.

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