Francisco Lindor had something else on his mind following the Cleveland Indians' win over the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on Sunday, even after hitting a two-run homer during the 5-4 victory.
A line drive off the All-Star shortstop's bat during the sixth inning struck a 3-year-old boy in the stands, sending the youngster to hospital.
An adult holding the child rushed out of the seating area following the accident, causing Lindor to briefly step out of the batter's box.
"It stinks, man," Lindor said, according to ESPN. "You don't want to get nobody hurt. I have heard the kid is doing well. He's in the hospital. He's getting checked and all I know is he's in stable condition and he's doing good.
"In a way, that makes me happy, but it stinks, you don't want that to happen to anybody, especially a little kid."
Protective netting has been installed at Progressive Field, but it only runs to the end of each dugout. Lindor's liner landed several sections beyond the netting.
The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals are set to become the first MLB teams with protective netting that goes from foul pole to foul pole. After Sunday's accident, Lindor said other clubs should follow suit.
"I encourage every MLB team to put the nets all the way down," Lindor said. "I know it's all about the fans' experience of interacting with players and I completely get that. You want to have that interaction with the fans, getting autographs and stuff, but at the end of the day, we want to make sure everybody comes out of this game healthy, and we got to do something about it."
This isn't the first time a foul ball has struck a child during the 2019 season. In May, a 2-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after a liner hit her in the head in Houston.