Griffin Cox, a 9-year-old from the Chicago suburbs, took in a White Sox game recently at U.S. Cellular Field and got there early with his Park District baseball team (the Mets, naturally) to watch batting practice and snag foul balls. Unfortunately, he didn’t see one of them and took it right off his skull.
Security rushed the conscious boy to the White Sox dugout, where backup catcher (and backup ambulance) Toby Hall carried young Griffin to the trainer. However, the trainer found no obvious signs of serious injury, so he packed the boy off to the stands with the “Sorry We Conked Your Head” gift bag (signed items and cold packs).
When Griffin came up ill a few days later, doctors discovered what the trainer couldn’t: two skull fractures, including one leaking brain fluid. Young Mr. Fox finds out if he will require brain surgery to repair both fractures today.