I'm not sure how I missed this story, but thanks to Mark Sheldon for mentioning it on his twitter acct. Just a touching story...and a vivid reminder that MLB & MiLB need to take steps to help eliminate these types of tragedies from happening.
But things kept happening in Carlson's life that reminded him there is more at play. And nothing shook him like that hanging curveball he yanked into the stands at Eastwood Field last September, when he was a member of the Scrappers.
It was a screaming liner that struck Luke, who was seated on his father's lap in the seats just beyond the Mahoning Valley dugout, then dropped directly to the ground. Luke's head had absorbed the full impact.
"I hit the ball," Carlson said, "and the whole stands went quiet. It was the quietest moment I've ever heard with thousands of people there."