A man who was struck by a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs game has sued the club and MLB. He is temporarily blind in one eye but could lose the eye. The incident happened when he went to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs play. The lawsuit alleges that Major League Baseball and the club have not installed enough safety netting to protect the fans watching the game.
John Loos said during a news conference on Monday that he has undergone three surgeries to repair his left eye and the bones broken in his face by the foul ball. Loos was sitting by the first base line when the foul ball struck him.
Loos isn’t the first to complain about the lack of safety netting. Many have called for more safety after other incidents with foul balls. Safety netting is used behind the home plate but many would like to see it extended farther down the lines to prevent these types of incidents.
Loos, who lives in Chicago, says fans are the life-blood of MLB and that there should be nothing more important than their safety. Loos was struck by the foul ball on an August 29 game between the Cubs and Pirates. But the incident isn’t the latest, a two year old was struck by a foul ball last month.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said after the incident involving the two year old that the MLB had worked with teams in recent seasons to expand the safety netting, which is currently only used behind the home plate. He added that they would redouble their efforts on this important issue.
Loos eye is heavily bandaged after undergoing three surgeries and it is not yet known if his eye is going to fully recover. A spokesman for the team said they had not seen the lawsuit. On Monday, Loos attorney said he had contacted the team but did not give any details on what they said. Loos is reportedly seeking at least $50,000 in damages.
The recent incidents are far from being the first but they have brought back the calls for the extension of safety netting. Ten MLB clubs have already expanded netting but there are 20 more that continue to use the current netting, which extends only behind home plate.