White Sox become first MLB team to install foul pole-to-foul pole netting

White Sox fans may notice something different about Guaranteed Rate Field the next time they walk into the park.

Work began this week to install protective netting to each foul pole in the stadium, making the White Sox the first team in MLB to take the extra precaution against line-drive foul balls. The netting should be installed before Chicago’s next home game July 22, according to WGN.

On June 10, a woman was taken to the hospital after she was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago’s Eloy Jimenez. The team announced a week later its plan to extend its safety netting.

“I think it’s great,” Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito said of the announcement last month (via ESPN). “I see the counter-arguments like, ‘Don’t sit there’ or ‘Just pay attention to the game.’ Dude, no matter how much you’re paying attention to the game, if that thing’s coming in 115 miles an hour with tail, no matter if you have a glove this big, it could hit you right in the forehead.

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