College Baseball Player Becomes Landing Target For Skydiver

By Connor Muldowney
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no wait, it’s a skydiver landing on a baseball game during a baseball game in Missouri. When you think of baseball, you think of a relatively tough sport with little contact; rarely do you ever see players collide and, sometimes fight.

However, on Sunday night, Chicago State shortstop Mattingly Romanin suffered what looked to be a serious injury on the field after a skydiver recklessly made a landing on the young player. Check out the video here to see what all the madness is about:

As you can see, the athlete took quite the hit from the incoming skydiver and his teammates just stood around and did nothing to help. While I’m sure they were all in shock from seeing their teammate go down because of a guy from the sky, running to the aid of a fellow player should be priority No. 1.

This took place during a summer league game for the team in Missouri and although it didn’t happen during actual play — as it happened between innings — this is something you would never expect to happen when you run onto the diamond for a Sunday night contest.

Romanin walked away with no serious injuries and a smile on his face, but maybe baseball is becoming more of a contact sport than anyone gives it credit for.

Next time you tie up the cleats, throw on the jersey and break in your mitt, make sure to keep an eye on the sky because you never know what you’ll run into.

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