A moment of silence won’t be good enough for a Dodgers fan who is now a widower.
Erwin Goldbloom was at a game at Dodger Stadium last August with his wife, Linda, when she was struck in the head by a foul ball and later died at the hospital of a fatal brain injury. Last week, the team offered to hold a moment of silence for Linda before a 2019 game, but Goldbloom declined, asking instead for something more tangible.
“We don’t need their sympathy. We want action,” Goldbloom told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday. “If they agree to make changes to improve safety for fans, then I’ll go down there.”
The couple was sitting in the loge level on the first-base side of home plate for the Dodgers’ Aug. 25 game last season. A Padres batter hit a foul ball that cleared the protective netting and hit Linda, 79. She died four days later, though it went largely out of the public eye until ESPN confirmed in February from the coroner’s report that her cause of death was “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma” from the baseball hitting her.
Goldbloom confirmed the two sides previously reached an undisclosed settlement over his family’s lawsuit seeking damages, but he said he won’t be going back to any Dodgers games until action is taken to better protect fans.
While all 30 teams expanded their protective netting before last season, there have still been calls for further safety measures in ballparks.
“We don’t have anything to announce at this time,” a Dodgers spokesman told ESPN.