1:48 pm March 9, 2011, by David O'Brien
March 9th, 20117:58 pm
I was sitting on the third base side in the second level and saw the ball hit Salazar in the face and bounce back on the field. Apparently the organization knew he had survived, but nobody at the game knew that, and the game announcer never acknowledged that anything had happened. I assumed the worst until I got back to the motel and checked the Braves’ website about 4:30 It was a terrible thing. I wish Salazar a quick recovery, and I am glad, for McCann and Salazar, that it wasn’t worse.
March 9th, 20118:02 pm
Prayers are with Coach Salazar and his family.
predsjack fom Smashville
March 9th, 20119:02 pm
Luis, praying for you and your family for strength and healing.
March 9th, 20119:20 pm
Gene, I was bothered by the same thing today. Kept wondering when they would give some small statement about what was happening. I would imagine some of it was purely from wanting his family to have a chance to get in the loop. But after a while, they could have told us something.
March 9th, 20119:23 pm
Echoing Gene. Was at the game three rows behind home on the Braves dugout side and as I looked to the right when the ball was fouled off, I saw a row of Braves on the top step, heard the sickening sound of the ball hitting and then saw him fall but not land. DOB’s tweets and the news online was all we got. The 7th inning stretch would have been a great time to let the crowd know Luis was breathing on his own and had vitals; with something as serious as this, that was a real miss that the announcer didn’t take that opportunity to let people know.
March 9th, 201110:27 pm
Thanks for the good update.
March 9th, 201110:31 pm
Prayers are the only key to healing. My son was hit in eye while pitching behind L screen. Over a year ago. It broke his eye bone in 9 places. Long story but he survived and healed with friends and familys prayers. He is a miracle!!! Greatest news he was released from doctors and is still pitching.
March 9th, 201110:40 pm
My prayers are with Salazar and his family as well as the Braves team!!
In Fredi I Trust
March 9th, 201111:06 pm
Unreal, what a horrible accident that was. So glad that he is conscious and talking with everyone. That would have been a huge tragedy for the Braves organization.
Get well soon Coach Salazar.
March 9th, 201111:41 pm
Would’ve been a good day for a rain out.
Praying for Coach Salazar and his family.
March 10th, 20117:33 am
Our prayers are with Coach and his family as well as Brian. May God bless them all.
March 10th, 20117:49 am
Get better Coach Salazar
March 10th, 20118:39 am
Glad to hear Salazar is going to be okay. Facial fracture and eye problems are not easy, but better than what could have been. Get well soon, Coach!
March 10th, 20119:03 am
accidents happen Brian, hang in there! and get well ASAP Mr. Salazar!
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March 10th, 201110:04 am
Remember how Bobby used to wear a catcher’s mitt in some parks (FL)? Definitely a need for netting at some of these ball parks.
March 10th, 201110:09 am
I was at the game and believe me scariest thing I’ve seen. I was sitting in the lawn right behind 3rd base and we all saw the ball come off McCann’s bat screaming into the Braves duggout and hit Mr. Salazar. Man I can’t pray enough what a horrible incident to happen in a baseball game. It does happen that’s why I strongly stress if you ever go to a baseball game PAY ATTENTION to the game!!! Be careful because you are not that safe at a baseball game. Bring a glove or something…. Praying for Coach Salazar’s family and hopefully this doesn’t destroy McCann’s mentality!! Hard thing to have to go through.
March 10th, 201110:10 am
Sending lots of prayers to Salazar and family and BMac ~!! We love you all !!
March 10th, 201110:23 am
Very scary. My prayers go out to him and his family….It’s one of the few times where you are hoping it’s only a concussion
March 10th, 201110:43 am
I got hit in the face by a foul ball in high school when I was in the on-deck circle. It broke my jaw and cost me my junior season. But even when I came back, I thought about it every time I stepped in the box. It bothered me. Hope Mac can move past this. Terrible thing.
March 10th, 201110:47 am
I wish all the best for Salazar. He was one of the best introductions that the late Harry Carey ever had.
Anyone who’s been around baseball, in the stands or on the field, has seen this kind of thing “almost” happen. But when it really does, it sure is scary. Great to see so many hopes and prayers for Salazar’s recovery and McCann’s peace of mind.
March 10th, 201110:54 am
My prayers go out to the entire Braves team but especially coach Salazar, his family and Brian. This kind of thing, while accidental, shakes you to the core.
March 10th, 201111:11 am
You know…I’m glad Luis is OK. I can’t imagine witnessing something so horrific in person. I think we all know how VERY dangerous a game Baseball can be at times. As much as I love to be seated near home plate, the outfield at Turner Field still yields terrific views without the danger. In my humble opinion, yesterday’s game should have been called. I only hope that there won’t be any long-term complications for him. I wish there was a way to protect those in the dugout, but in doing so, that protection could end up a liability for those fielding fouled hits, etc. Sighhh….maybe those in the dugout should wear a helmet too?
March 10th, 201111:14 am
All the best coach. Get better soon.
March 10th, 201111:24 am
Hang tough, Luis and the Braves family. We’ll cheer like the crazed fans we are when you get back in the dugout!
March 10th, 201111:29 am
I am glad Mr Salazar is ok, but I can’t figure out how this could happen if you are, as everyone in the park is supposed to be doing, keeping your eye on the ball.
March 10th, 201111:31 am
Steven Lemon: That ball was hit too hard for anyone to react to. As Pendleton said, any of them standing there, yesterday, today, tomorrow, could have the same thing happen any time on a ball hit that hard. Especially coaches, who don’t have quite the reflexes they once had.
March 10th, 201111:38 am
Steven Lemon – you’ve got to be kidding?????
Prayers to Coach Salazar and his family.
This kind of incident may screw up McCann’s hitting. Seriously. I hit a dog one time with a line-drive and it took me a few weeks before I could hit well again. I can only imagine a human.
The dog was fine, but it shook me up.
March 10th, 201111:50 am
My prayers are with him, and with Brian………..
March 10th, 201112:46 pm
who is Lopez? he/she is mentioned twice without a first name.
March 10th, 201112:52 pm
I send my very best wishes to the coach.
I have always wondered why they do not put a protective short screen, like behind home plate in front of the dugouts, for things just like this.
March 10th, 20111:46 pm
Too many players/coaches in dugout during spring training games.
Get Well Coach Salazar
March 10th, 20112:22 pm
May God put his healing hands upon Coach Salazar. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and Brian.
March 10th, 20112:34 pm
There is a simple and inexpensive way to protect players and coaches in the dougout if MLB wanted to fix the problem and they should.
March 10th, 20114:11 pm
This is so scary for everyone there and their families–PLUS ALL of baseball. Accidents do happen, and I am so terribly sorry for Coach Salazar & family, the Braves players and organization. However, I am really concerned for BMAC because it is so terribly difficult to push something out of your mind. I pray for healing for the coach and for a peaceful mind and heart for BMAC. Everyone please lift all of these people up in prayer for all the impications and thoughts that they will be dealing with. God’s Mercy and Grace on ALL of you!!!!
March 11th, 20116:36 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Salazar family and pray that Mr. Salazar makes a full recovery…
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