Cleveland Indians players Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others help a young fan in need in Atlanta


Indians player Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others tend to a young fan in need in Atlanta/Photo courtesy of Matt Rowland

We’re playing great baseball, but a few of our guys made a larger impact at Turner Field on Monday night.

We received a tweet and a Facebook message about a couple of our relievers jumping to attention when a young fan suffered a health issue during batting practice on Monday night.

Matt Rowland, a fan from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was in the right-center field seats during BP and witnessed the encounter. He emailed this:

There was a young kid, maybe 13-14yrs old in the outfield trying to catch home run balls during the Indians BP. One came his way and he attempted to catch it but missed it. I’m not 100% positive on what the direct cause was but he either 1) was hit by the baseball in the head/neck area or 2) hit his neck/head on the railing making the attempt. Temperature and sun may have also played a role.

About 10 minutes passed by and I don’t think anyone thought anything of it. Next thing I know Tom (Gorzelanny), Joba (Chamberelain), and one other pitcher are on the field motioning for the medical staff that was situated above as the kid basically dropped. The players ran into the Braves bullpen and (Gorzelanny) immediately hopped into the stands to assist. Joba and the other pitcher are handing over cups of water and soaking towels in the water jugs for them while (Dan) Otero and (utility man) Michael Martinez were looking on from the field.

One of the medical personnel who attended to the young boy (and who asked not to be named) sent us a Facebook message confirming these details, and wrote:

I work at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. I’m part of the EMS crew and I just wanted to thank the players who helped me with the two boys on June 27 during batting practice by giving them cold towels and cups of water. I personally appreciate it and the concern that they had. I didn’t know how else to thank them.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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