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Man posting to Facebook hit by baseball at game, video goes viral

A man attending a San Diego Padres baseball game is getting a lot of attention after he paid too little attention to the event he was actually supposed to watch.

Travis Decker was sitting in the stands as the Padres played the Cincinnati Reds, all while he was posting something to Facebook on his smartphone. Ultimately, he should have saved the status update for the end of the inning.

In a video highlight posted to MLB.com, Decker can be seen focused on something in his hands – ultimately his smartphone – as a foul ball dropped right toward him.

The ball hits him just underneath his right shoulder and his face cringes in pain. Still holding the phone in one hand, he grabs the point of impact with the other.

In an interview posted to MLB.com, Decker said he was just trying to check into the ballpark on Facebook. An act he would later regret.


“I was trying to post to Facebook, to say I was here,” Decker says in the video, before offering some advice for other Facebook addicts – don’t post to Facebook or text while at a ball game.

“This is not a good thing to do at the park, ladies and gentlemen,” he said.

The man later appeared to use his drink to ice his injury.

This guy’s story just echoes what I see, almost on a daily basis, when someone, usually walking or driving, has a near accident because they were doing something on their phone.

If they get hurt while being distracted by their phone, is it that person’s fault?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.