In what definitely has to be a first in baseball, Hannibal Caveman shortstop Mattingly Romanin, who plays collegiate ball at Chicago State University, was milling around the infield with the rest of his teammates as they waited for the start of Saturday’s Prospect League game against the Terre Haute Rex when he was accidentally smashed into by a skydiver dropping off the game ball. The right side of Romanin’s head took the brunt of the impact, but thankfully the infielder wasn’t too seriously hurt, save for a small wound near his right eye, and the Hannibal infielder managed to play the entire game.
Here’s video of the unfortunate encounter…
The Burlington, Ontario native was as shocked as the rest of us that of all the ways a player can get injured in a ballgame, probable concussion by skydiver was one that got him…
Still in disbelief that actually happened
— Mattingly Romanin (@MRomanin2) July 21, 2013
As weird as Romanin’s freak accident was, I’d be in more disbelief that an experienced skydiver would have such terrible aim, especially with such a vast amount of real estate at his disposal.