In a tragic and regrettable string of events, 9-year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile has passed away, after being struck in the head accidentally by a player’s swing.
It’s more than enough to make you bawl your eyes out, when you see photos of this blue-eyed, freckle-faced little boy sitting happily in the dugout with the Liberal Bee Jays’ players. In another image, he can be seen with puckered lips gulping soda in what appears to be a Wendy’s restaurant. Freak accidents like these are just too heart-wrenching for words.
The accident occurred this past Saturday during the National Baseball Congress World Series, when Carlile reportedly ran onto the field to retrieve a bat, when he was hit by one of the players that was taking practice swings. The little boy was wearing a helmet, but that was not enough to shield him from the damage. Umpires delivered first aid to Carlile until ambulances arrived, but the team regretfully announced Monday morning that he had died. A photo was taken of the team, kneeling in prayer upon hearing the news of their beloved bat boy.
The National Baseball Congress General Manager, Kevin Janks, released this statement, saying:
“It’s difficult to remember a day that is darker than this one. Sometimes life doesn’t make sense and this accident certainly is a memorable example. Kaiser was simply doing something he loved.”
The only possible consolation is that Kaiser was living out a dream that many little boys have, but to die for it, accident or not, is simply an unimaginable heartbreak.