1. Various of play showing foul ball drive, crowd reacting after young girl was struck
2. Mid of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. reacting after play, woman in crowd reacting
3. Various of players, Almora leaning with head down as players comfort him
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder:
"I don't know. All my teammates - Joe (Maddon), everybody came out and obviously tried to talk to me and obviously I didn't want that to happen and didn't intend for that to happen."
5. Various of Almora reacting, players comforting him
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder:
"The rest was kind of a blur. The rest of that at bat. Finally - I finally came to my senses after the next half inning when I went over to the stands."
7. Slow motion replay of play, Almora reacting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder:
"Just praying and uh, yeah, I'm speechless. I'm at a loss for words. Being a father of two boys..."
Reporter: "It's probably difficult to know that it's not your fault, you didn't direct it that way, but you..."
SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder: "Yeah, but it happened. It happened. With God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life (emotional), but uh, just prayers right now. That's all I really can control."
9. Various of Almora being hugged by security guard as he cries after play
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder:
"Obviously, I want to put a net around the whole stadium."
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs Outfielder:
"It puts life into perspective, kinda. We get upset, we don't hit, we make errors. Like I was - how I was upset I didn't make that play and then just kind of life just... you know... puts things in perspective."
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Samuel Milledge, Houston Astros Fan/parent who attended game:
"Obviously, you feel for the child, but you could tell it was really weighing on the player that hit the foul ball. No one wants to see that happen. So hopefully Major League Baseball will do something - definitely the Astros."
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13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Guest, Houston Astros Fan/parent who attended game:
"We were sitting just maybe 20 rows up from where it was. Could have easily been our kids, but you know - it's a baseball game, but it kind of shows everyone's here as people and no one wants that kind of thing to happen or see it."
A young fan was taken to the hospital after getting struck by a foul ball during Wednesday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.
Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a line drive in the fourth inning into the field-level stands down the third base line, where it hit the girl. He immediately put his hands on his head and took a couple of steps toward the seats. He then fell to his knees near home plate and was consoled by teammate Jason Heyward and manager Joe Maddon.
It took several minutes for Almora, who appeared to be crying, to compose himself and continue the at-bat. Players from both teams appeared shaken up by the scene.
Almora still looked to be on the verge of tears after the game. He spoke haltingly as he described what happened and said he knew immediately as he looked into the stands that his ball had hit someone.
"I'm speechless, I'm at a loss for words, being a father of two boys," he said.
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