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ESPN Outside The Lines Covers Death of Fan After 2018 Dodgers Game

Most posts are fun to write, this one is not. However, it is reporting the news.

Moreover, ESPN’s Outside The Lines will do a feature story on Linda Goldbloom. Goldbloom died after attending a Dodgers game on August 25 – a game she was struck by a foul ball hit by Franmil Reyes.

These are the kind of details you never want to read.

A California woman died in August as a result of being hit in the head by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium, according to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines and details her daughter revealed to OTL in December.

Linda Goldbloom, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, died on Aug. 29. The coroner’s report states the cause as “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma” and states that the injury occurred when she was struck in the head with a baseball during the Aug. 25 game at Dodger Stadium.

Now, this is not an occurrence that happens at a majority of baseball games. In fact, a fan has passed away after attending a game only three times due to being struck by a ball in the 150-year history of the sport. Still, this is something that should never happen. The fact that it occurred at a Dodgers game – at a stadium that is the mecca of happiness for so many – raises a potential problem.

The Dodgers extended the protective netting at the stadium a year ago. It is incredibly sad and unfortunate that Goldbloom was sitting in an area that did not protect her when the ball struck her in the head.

Final Thoughts

It is important to note that this is an extremely rare incident. Still, if you’re one of the many fans that goes out to attend a game in 2019, make sure you keep your eyes on the action. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this true loyal fan that was lost.

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  1. This was very tragic–we were at that game. There was another game we attended last year where it looked like someone (also on Loge) was badly injured. It was very troubling.

    Thank you for the reminder to be careful. I am wondering, however, if she WAS paying attention and still could not get out of the way of the ball. Our seats are not very far from where she was hit. It is stunning how fast foul balls come flying. Maybe she ducked and still got hit? I don’t know.

    But I feel so bad for her family. How can they ever enjoy going again and having it be the same? It sounds like she and her husband had season tickets. They were longtime fans. How awful.

  2. I was saddened to hear this & can’t even remember this occurring. My thoughts & prayers go out to the Goldbloom family. Blue Heaven has gained one true fan. RIP

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