From the “what are the odds?” department: In the ninth inning of the Baltimore Orioles’ game against Minnesota on Saturday, Jay Gibbons hit a foul ball that injured his wife.Gibbons fouled a ball straight back over the screen and into the rib cage of his wife, Laura.
“She’s just a little bruised up. She’s going to be OK,” Gibbons said Sunday.
Long before the matter became personal, Gibbons had asked team officials to do something about making it safer to sit in the seats behind the plate. He contended that the 20-foot screen just doesn’t offer enough protection from hard-hit foul balls.
In response to Gibbons’ requests for a bigger screen, owner Peter Angelos gave Kevin Millar a raise and asked Kris Benson and his wife Anna over for dinner and a movie. Then he ordered the team braintrust to cancel their winter scouting plans and instead spend their time coming up with splashy new uniforms for the team to wear on the third Tuesday of each month.