Thursday, April 19, 2012
Dayan Viciedo Saves Umpire From Child Attacker
CHICAGO, IL - Disaster was averted on Thursday afternoon at a baseball game in Chicago thanks to the bravery and quick reactions of a baseball player.
During the seventh inning of a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, a young child made his way onto the field with the intent of injuring third base umpire Cory Blaser.
That's when White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo saw the attacker, and without hesitation, halted the half-pint's advance.
"I saw him out of the corner of my eye," said Viciedo through an interpreter. "Right away, just from the way this kid was walking, I could tell that he had some bad intentions. So I did what I'd like to think anybody in my position would do, I walked over there and picked the kid up."
Viciedo said the thought that the child may have been carrying a weapon never even crossed his mind.
"That never even crossed my mind," said Viciedo.
The child, believed to be around four years in age, was not identified, but Chicago Police did say he was in custody and was being questioned.
As for the potential victim, Cory Blaser says he'll forever be in Viciedo's debt.
"He'll be able to call his own balls and strikes whenever I'm behind the plate," said Blaser, relieved. "I owe that man my life."
Viciedo, however, thinks this whole thing is being blown out of proportion.
"I don't want to call myself a hero or anything, and I don't think anybody else should call me one either," he explained. "At the end of the day I'm just a man. A man who isn't afraid to take down a four-year old child if I have to."