Baseball Fan Safety

First off, let me address the elephant in the room, apparently I can’t break this cycle of posting only once every three months. I also managed to miss my domain name renewal and then had to get it back through an auction which annoyed me to no end.

OK, now let me address the other issue I have been thinking about lately, baseball fan safety. Specifically the use of netting around the field to protect fans from foul balls driven as line drives into the field level seats and broken bats going into the same area. I was at the Yankees game a few weeks ago when a elementary school age child was hit with a line-drive foul ball which put her in the hospital. Had the Yankees stadium owners put up the netting that Major League Baseball urged all teams to put up this never would have been an issue. The fact that the attorneys for the team and stadium indicated they were “looking into” putting the netting up but were hesitant to do so because some fans thought it would obstruct their view is negligent and ridiculous. The netting has little impact on the view of the field and provides a lot more safety to the fans. Just imagine if the ball has been a broken bat, splintered and flying directly at a someone’s head or torso. Imagine if the foul ball had hit just slightly differently and hit a more vital area of the child’s head or body. It was dumb luck that the child didn’t end up with a substantially worse injury than they did and even so they were still going to require days in a hospital.

It makes me sick that the Yankees had not addressed this issue before and they ought to be held liable for gross negligence in this incident. They knew the risk was higher than it reasonably needed to be and they failed to take the recommended actions indicated by Major League Baseball.

People Helping People

As we finally clear away the snow from Stella in the northeast I want to remind everyone that when these types of events take place, we must come together at people, neighbors and communities to help out those in need. There are many people that live around all of us that do not have the resources that we do. For example, I have a snowblower and many of my neighbors do not. I also am young enough so I can go out and shovel without too much difficulty where my neighbors that are older than me have a much harder time getting through the snow.

I hope that all of my readers feel the same way and what a great example to set for your children. When the world seems like an increasingly scary place, we must come together in our communities and take care of each other.If as adults we lead by example in this way then our children will take up the torch and continue to pass this valuable lesson down through the generations.

The Politics of Parenting

presidential-1311753_960_720As we get closer to one of the nastiest and worst elections that I have lived through, I think it is important that parents consider what the candidates mean for you and your kids. I am not going to take a side on this one but I want to provide all of you with some news resources to learn more about where the candidates all stand on matters that concern us.

Those are just a few links to get you started. If that gets you interested then just start googling and you will find many more resources for you to make sure you are informed before voting.