Spring training is a time for prospects to show what they can do. Clubs love to see their players show off their power, but fans who park too close to the stadium may not.
The Chicago Cubs are playing at a new facility in Mesa, Ariz., this year. Both players and fans have had to adjust to the new setting.
On Friday, Feb. 21, Cubs prospect Javier Baez took some batting practice. He got a hold of one and sent it flying out of the park.
The result: a broken windshield.
It's bad enough that the fan's windshield was smashed. However, it's even worse that he didn't even get the ball that caused the damage.
"I saw it fly and I heard a sound," said infielder Logan Watkins, who was in the outfield during batting practice.
What did he hear?
"Glass," Watkins said.
"Somebody told me, but I didn't know that," Baez said about the freak accident. "It [stinks] for the person who parked there."
"They're parking too close to the field," Baez said.
Lesson learned. For those who go to spring training stadiums, make sure to park a safe distance away from the ballpark.
It was a rather unfortunate situation, but Baez was willing to pay up:
Even though it was a costly accident, both sides now have great story to share for the rest of their lives.