Revs ponder wall changes

It’s time for a change.
Kenny Kelly just wants to play baseball, but he can’t. He can’t even chew food.
A night after the Road Warriors center fielder ran full speed into the poured concrete wall in right-center field in an attempt to catch a deep fly ball at Sovereign Bank Stadium, Kelly returned to the park and talked about a comeback.
“I’m a warrior,” Kelly said. “I love this game. Hopefully I can get back and get well, and hopefully come back.”

Dealing with the aftermath of a concussion would be bad enough, he has experienced headaches and dizziness. It took him two hours to crawl out of bed at the Yorktowne Hotel Tuesday morning because of dizziness.
But he has other medical issues too.
He needed stitches to close a laceration to his chin and a puncture wound to his shoulder — apparently suffered when the advertising banner fastner pierced his skin. He suffered two fractures to his orbital bone and a fractured cheekbone on the left side of his face. So he can’t chew food, because he can’t bite down.
The play happened quickly.
“I don’t even remember hearing crowd noise,” said Kelly, who said he also didn’t hear teammates shouting “Wall!”
“First thing I’m thinking about when I see the ball go up in the air is catching the ball. I took a peak at the wall and felt I had some room. For some reason I didn’t feel the warning track…. What made me really go into the wall was I got a glove on the ball. I saw I was getting closer and closer to the wall, but I figured I could catch it and do a little spin off (the wall). But it didn’t happen. Didn’t happen.”
Kelly remembered the ball hitting his glove, and he remembered hitting the wall. Then it went black. When he regained consciousness, he struggled to breathe.
“It wasn’t tightness (in my chest), I just couldn’t breathe,” Kelly said. “But the EMTs did a great job and got me the oxygen right away.”
Kelly never played at Sovereign Bank Stadium, and because the Road Warriors didn’t take batting practice Monday — he said he didn’t know the walls were not padded.
“I didn’t know it was cement,” said Kelly, who played quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes in 1998-99 and reached the major leagues with Tampa Bay (2000) and Cincinnati (2005).”I’ve never played in a park where you’d have a freaking cement wall. Never. High school, Little League anything. If anything you’d have a chain(-link fence) or at least a pad.”
The York Revolution and its ownership group Opening Day Partners will “review padding the wall,” Revs general manager Eric Menzer said Tuesday.

About Jim Seip

Jim Seip wore a cookie monster costume to help close out the Spectrum on Oct. 31, 2009.
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2 Responses to Revs ponder wall changes

  1. Dorothy Steltzer says:

    I was greatly disturbed to read that Kenny Kelly, Road Warriors center fielder, was so badly injured when he slammed into an “immovable force” such as the cement wall at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Undoubtedly, Kelly’s traumatic injuries would have been far less severe had the wall been built with padding when the stadium was constructed. I strongly urge the stadium management to add protective padding or other material in order to prevent future life-threatening accidents.
    While I am not a baseball fan (read “Pittsburgh Steelers”), I have been pleased to follow the positive contributions that the stadium and the York Revolution have made to York. Now that the stadium is established and seemingly successful, investing the necessary funds to enhance safety should be a high priority.

  2. Brian Lincalis says:

    So sorry to hear. This issue has been brought up since the opening of the stadium. It is a shame that management decided to wait until first bad incident. Actually very lucky not worse. C’mon guys pad the walls!!!!

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