Video: Braves feared worst after Salazar struck in face

AJC writer David O’Briendescribes the gruesome scene on Wednesday after Braves minor meague manager Luis Salazar was hit in the face by a foul ball and knocked unconscious for at least 20 minutes.


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Marc D

March 9th, 2011
11:21 pm

Marc D

March 9th, 2011
11:23 pm

I know that’s lame, and yet I felt compelled to participate. I hope Salazar gets well soon and I hope that McCann is able to understand that these things happen and he can’t blame himself.

clmtigr

March 9th, 2011
11:38 pm

Why in God’s name did they continue the meaningless spring training game?????????

Justafan

March 9th, 2011
11:39 pm

My prayers are for Coach and family plus McCann. You never know when something will happen…you better be ready. Go Braves.

Luis Salazar

March 10th, 2011
12:21 am

My head hurts

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

March 10th, 2011
12:26 am

DOB:
All of our prayers are with Luis Salazar and his family and the Braves family.
Were you chewing tobacco during a video interview or did you have dental surgery today?

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

March 10th, 2011
12:28 am

Has anyone ever seen a left-handed batter pull a fowl ball into the first base dugout? Not me.

fowl's balls

March 10th, 2011
2:13 am

More importantly, has anyone ever seen another refer to a left handed bird’s genitalia? Not me.

INOWHATETHEPELICANS

March 10th, 2011
2:55 am

fowl’s balls you’re an ahole….but a funny one

El Bravo

March 10th, 2011
7:11 am

I hate to be laughing on a serious blog but that’s is pretty funny fowl ball…

roseman

March 10th, 2011
8:05 am

DOB…great video coverage of a thank God, not tragic event…do some more videos for us, love the blogs, but you are a natural on camera as well…keep up all the good work!

NC Roseman

Kat

March 10th, 2011
8:20 am

David—Knowing that the managers can agree to terms of spring training games like they did in the 2/26 game to end it a tie, could they have agreed after the Salazar incident to end the game early, if they wanted to? Is there anything holding the managers to completing the spring training game? (You may have covered this on the main blog when it first happened but I didn’t see it.)

David O'Brien

March 10th, 2011
8:41 am

Kat, I don’t know if you saw comments Frank Wren made (at least I thought I posted them; maybe I didn’t), but he said they were just beginning to discuss possibly stopping the game, when it resumed:

“To be honest with you I think everyone was kind of in shock,” Wren said, “and all of a sudden the pitcher started throwing and everyone started playing again, and the game started rolling. But it was kind of in the midst of our discussion about what should we do. We were having those discussions and the game just, as it does, started up.”

David O'Brien

March 10th, 2011
8:48 am

McCann was here early today, hitting in the batting cages. Team meeting now, a regularly scheduled thing that shouldn’t last long, but we haven’t been able to talk to him yet.

Poorbrave

March 10th, 2011
8:58 am

I guess playing helps you get your mine off what happen. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t..you DOB did a great job reporting everything as we fans were feeling the pain…The Team is family and the fans also. Thank The Good Lord he will be Ok…this lets you know how much fans love their team, players,coaches even the workers at the Ted. Thanks again…..”God is watching over Luis.”

Bill J.

March 10th, 2011
8:59 am

“The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location.”

I can’t imagine why. That is beyond lame.

extremus

March 10th, 2011
9:24 am

I’ll be praying for Luis Salazar and his family. This is the first I’ve heard of the incident but it definitely is sobering and very scary. Hope he recovers quickly and completely.

joe

March 10th, 2011
9:25 am

Shouldn’t they put up nets in front of the dugout to eliminate these instances?

headl

March 10th, 2011
9:53 am

Is this the same Luis Salazar that used to play for the Cubs in the 80’s?

Mudville Nine

March 10th, 2011
10:10 am

I was in attendance yesterday. It was an absolutely horrifying experience. I was only a hand full of rows behind where it happened, and the noise it made and watching Salazar just collapse will never leave my mind.

Let me tell you folks, there was ZERO time to react. It is not as if Salazar was hit while diving away. He didn’t have any time to know it was coming. Maybe the hardest hit ball have ever seen.

Dave, one thing myself and a few others were fuming about, was when the ambulance got there, and came through the outfield opening in the wall, the people directing it steered them the long way, to avoid driving over the grass. Was the outfield grass really the most important thing at the moment??

I hope I NEVER have to witness anything as scary as this again in my life. Those who were not there, consider yourself lucky.

Bill J.

March 10th, 2011
10:14 am

Whoa. A thousand pardons. My displeasure at not being able to view the video shouldn’t have kept me from posting the very best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery for Salazar. Hang in there, man.

Kat

March 10th, 2011
10:22 am

David.. thanks you may have posted it on the main blog, but thanks for reposting. I was busy booking my trip to Atlanta last night, so I may have not been the most diligent blog reader yesterday evening.

richbrave

March 10th, 2011
10:49 am

Insensative comments early here just show how detached from reality some people are. Best wishes to SALAZAR for a no doubt protracted recovery. Will he be able to recover sufficiently to run the LYNCHBURG club when play opens?

Penny Carty

March 10th, 2011
3:24 pm

I remember when the first and third base coaches rebelled against wearing helmets. I wonder if this will make them rethink that. Also I wish they could come up with something like what the boxers in the Olympics wear for the pitchers. I would be scared to death to have my son out there unprotected, with how strong hitters are now.

Braves Happening

March 10th, 2011
6:14 pm

@Mudville Nine

I believe that there are certain procedures that are in place that they always take regardless. Perhaps they didn’t grasp the entirety of the situation. I wouldn’t blame these guys who follow a preset procedure, plus i bet they already had people securing his body which means there was no immediacy needed.

Kathy

March 11th, 2011
1:46 am

I was at the game as well and in the forth row from the field just past the first base dugout. I’ve been watching and working baseball for a long time. I’ve never seen or heard anything that can compare to the horrific accident that day! It’s a sight and sound one can’t describe. That ball was hit so hard, there was no time for anyone to react and get out of the way. The players and coaches were all standing on the top step of the dugout leaning on the top of the safety fence. It’s something that happens at pretty much every game. I think after this, many will rethink that.

I am a member of the Cardinal Nation. Cardinal or Brave fan, we still all sat there knowing that could have been any one of us and praying that he will be ok! Throughout the game, those of us with smart phones kept looking online for updates. It took over an hour to even find out who went down.

I’m still shaken today and search for any updates I can find. I know I can speak for everyone watching all this happen, our thoughts and prayers are with Luis Salazar, his family, friends, McCall, and all of the people affected by this accident.

29tigerboys

March 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

Dave, were you dipping during the interview?

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