NORTHGLENN, Colo. (CBS4) – A grandmother from Northglenn who was smacked with a foul ball at Coors Field on Opening Day says she’s doing well.
Judith Reese says she had a headache and she has bruising near her ear, but she remains a huge Rockies fan and wants the team to know she holds no hard feelings.
Reese was celebrating her 69th birthday at the Rockies game against the Giants in LoDo on Monday.
She and friends were sitting on the third base line in the third row at the stadium. They had joked about how sitting so close to the field was a bit dangerous, and one of her friends had a glove and was ready in case a foul ball came their way.
Then one did. In the fourth inning Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit a ball left of third base and it hit Reese in the head.
She says her friend’s hand made the first contact with the ball, then it hit her across the skull.
She says the second she got hit she blacked out. Her next memory was being on the ground with people trying to prevent her from falling asleep.
Reese said she feels lucky that the ball hit her in a way that didn’t cause damage beyond a concussion.
“I just praise the lord that it didn’t hit me where it should have hit me … because what the doctor said (about how close it came to doing major damage),” Reese told CBS4. “And that was scary, too, when he told me that. That if it had been a straight line drive without any interference then it probably could have been a lot worse.”
Reese says she got the ticket as a birthday present. She said she loves going to the home opener at Coors Field and has been doing it for 10 years.
The grandmother of 9 says she wants Cuddyer to know she’s not upset about what happens. She understands foul balls are part of the game.