Tragedy Strikes Former Brewer
By Dan O'Donnell
Former Brewer Mike Coolbaugh has died after being struck in the head by a line drive while coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.
After bouncing around the minor leagues for about 10 years, he played in 39 games for the Brewers in 2001, hitting .200 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. He had only begun coaching with the Drillers July 3rd.
Without question, this is a horrible tragedy but should serve to remind fans, particularly those who sit along the first and third base lines, that batted balls can be extremely dangerous. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Miller Park ushers tending to someone who's been pegged with a liner that rocketed into the seats. Heck, a month or so ago Prince Fielder lost a grip on his bat and it went flying into the stands. Fortunately, a guy was waiting for it and got a nice souvenir, but had he not been, he would have gotten a nice concussion (or far worse).
So please, fans, make sure that you're paying attention when the ball is hit...that woman sitting next to you isn't that hot. You can take your eyes off her for at least a few at-bats. Besides, you just might get a nice souvenir (since you sure won't be getting her phone number).