YardBarker- A seven-year-old Chicago Cubs fan was injured as Cleveland Indians fans celebrated during Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field, suffering a concussion.
The incident occurred when the Indians scored first on the way to Tuesday’s 6-0 Game 1 victory. As the Indians fans in the bleachers around them began celebrating, Johnny was elbowed in the head, knocking him out for approximately 30 seconds, says his father.
“He spun around and I caught him, he was crying hysterically,” Wallach said, via NBC Chicago. “That’s when things kind of went off the rails. Things went from being a dream to a nightmare so quickly.”
“Here I am on the ground with my 7-year-old son and they’re shouting, ‘Cubs suck,’” he said.
“It was scary and confusing and awful and I felt like we were just hung out to dry,” he said. “You don’t see that in Chicago. I would never expect that in Chicago in a million years.”
Okay timeout, let's back away from the plate here for a second and take a look at the facts. Having your injured 7 year old son get heckled at a baseball game is bullshit. However, so is saying that your kid "got knocked out" by an Indians fan. Clearly all that happened was you bought tickets in the cheap seats and your son got in the way of a rowdy fan of an equally tortured franchise who got a little too excited in the area of the ballpark where that type of behavior is generally encouraged. To say that a similar situation would never happen in Chicago is a heaping pile of happy horseshit. If Kris Bryant hit a game winning 9th inning bomb into the right field stands in Wrigley then you better grab your child or get stuck holding your piece as you try to signal for medical help amongst thousands upon thousands of raucous fans.
The aftermath could have (and should have) certainly been handled better, but they are called the "bleacher creatures" for a reason and it damn sure ain't because they are respectful of other's personal space. And honestly, why should they be? If my team was in a championship series after the droughts that the Indians and Cubs have suffered through I would be going nuts if I wasn't regulated to the framework of my seat. Yeah, it sucks that your son caught an elbow to the dome, and it sucks that there were a few idiots that were too intoxicated to understand the severity of what was going on, and it sucks that you missed the game. However, if you didn't want that to be a distinct possibility then you should have been more mindful of your surroundings or narrowed your search on SeatGeek.