LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After catching the final out in the Dodgers 8-2 win over the New York Yankees Monday night, Yasiel Puig, as many big leaguers do, threw the ball into a crowd of fans asking for the final game ball.
What Puig didn’t anticipate was that he would knock out a Dodger fan’s tooth.
Alyssa Gerharter was in attendance for L.A.’s win over the Yankees, and after the game she was in the crowd calling Puig’s name and asking for the ball.
In an attempt to snag the ball, Gerharter’s front tooth was knocked out of her mouth, prompting Yankee Stadium ushers to lead her to the first aid room, and eventually the ER.
“I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, ‘I don’t have a glove to catch this ball,'” Gerharter told the Daily News.
“And I think I put my hands up in front of my face. I saw it was coming at me and registered that it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn’t so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there’s a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there’s a tooth in my hand.”
Gerharter posted a picture of the end result of her mouth after she visited a dentist on Tuesday. She says she’s hopeful the re-inserted tooth will fuse with the bone and she won’t have to find a replacement incisor.
“It was so fast that I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault for not catching it,” said Gerharter. “In our whole group there was only one person who had a glove. So everybody was trying to catch it with their bare hands. I caught it with my face.”
She is unsure if Puig was made aware of the incident because “everything happened so fast.”
Gerharter has tickets to Wednesday’s finale in New York, when ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to take the hill.