The crack of the bat is a sure sign spring is here, and summer
isn't far behind. However, those few scary moments on the mound in Arizona
Wednesday night puts that crack of the bat in a much different perspective.
"If something like that
happened to one of my kids, I don't know what I would do. These kids are
like my own children. For something like that to happen, it would be
devastating," said Chris Newton, head coach of the Anderson High School baseball
Newton and his players both know
the risk of the very same thing happening to them is a part of the game, but it
can't affect how you play.
"It's part of the
game, it's going to happen. You can't live in fear. You've
just got to go out there and play the game," said Cory Peterson, a pitcher for
the Anderson High School baseball team.
Even though it is part of the
game, it's still a parent's worst nightmare.
"What happened to Aroldis
last night is a horrific thing. Nobody wants to experience that, and certainly
don't want their kids to experience it," said Rich Blandford, who has a son on
the Anderson High School team.
Blandford is a baseball kind of
guy. He has a son on the team and runs Backstop Sports in
Eastgate. To him, Chapman's injury can really be a learning experience.
"It's an opportunity for
these kids to test some new equipment, get something out on the market that
these kids will actually end up growing up with and getting used to so it won't
even be an issue for them by the time there at this level playing at the high
school level and beyond," said Blandford.
Players and coaches FOX19 spoke
with say they're open to the idea of protective equipment. In fact, there
are bat regulations in Ohio for high school baseball players. But, while steps are being made for a safer game, anything can happen.
"You're going to play to the
best of your ability at all times, and let everything out. If something
happens and goes the wrong way, then it happens and goes the wrong way when
you're doing 100 miles per hour," said Newton.