Wednesday night, a tragic scene unfolded as Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball into the stands that struck a young girl. Almora, who was incredibly distraught after realizing what had happened, gave an emotional interview after the game in the clubhouse.
Almora said that the second he hit the ball, he locked eyes with the young girl.
"That's the way life is. As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her. God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But um, just prayers right now. That's all I really can control.
I'm speechless. I'm at a loss for words. Being a father of two boys, I want to put a net around the whole stadium. Ah man, I don't know. I'm sorry.
Puts life into perspective kind of. We get upset when we don't hit, when we make errors. I was all upset I didn't make that play. Life is just - it puts things into perspective."
Here's video, via NBC Sports Chicago:
Between innings, Almora broke down in the arms of an Astros security guard. It was an incredibly emotional scene.
The child was taken to the hospital and there's hasn't been any kind of official word on her status. But ESPN's Jesse Rogers did say that he'd been hearing "positive" things about the situation.
Obviously, this will reignite calls for Major League Baseball to put up more protective netting in stadiums. Our thoughts and prayers are with the little girl and her family.