Thursday night’s Chicago White Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles was briefly delayed in the top of the seventh when a young boy who appeared to about 4 or 5 years old slipped through a barricade and went running across the outfield.
With the crowd laughing, White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up and handed him over to a security guard.
Viciedo, who has a 2-year-old son, said he reacted instinctively.
“My first reaction was to grab him,” Viciedo said through an interpreter. “What I was thinking was hoping a ball doesn’t come and hit him.”
“I didn’t know if the play had stopped or not,” he said.
The child and his family were ejected from the game per Major League Baseball rules but no charges were filed, the team said.
“Safety is our No. 1 concern and we are happy that the child is fine,” White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said in a statement. “Obviously it was a non-issue for Dayan who was able to field the kid cleanly.”
“But going on the field is stuff we do take seriously. It’s not something we condone in any way,” he said.
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