Wow. Today’s Braves vs. Mets game came to a screeching halt when Jason Heyward took a fastball to the face:
Braves OF Jason Heyward spitting up blood after being hit in face by pitch. He walked off under his own power.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 21, 2013
He went down hard RT @ajcbraves Heyward is down at home plate after taking a pitch that seemed to glance off his neck area,side of the head
— Hannah Lurie (@lurie66) August 21, 2013
— KD (@KennedyKr_is) August 21, 2013
Jason Heyward was just hit in the face with the pitch. Ouch. @ Citi Field http://t.co/anjUDsZGEK
— Aaron (@aaronfaurschou) August 21, 2013
GIF: Jason Heyward hit in jaw by a pitch. It did catch part of helmet. http://t.co/bLVTLZSJcS
— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) August 21, 2013
Viewers were understandably shocked:
HOLY JESUS CHRIST!!! Heyward took one to the face. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I NEVER WANT TO SEE THAT REPLAY AGAIN. OMG OMG OMG OMG
— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) August 21, 2013
That was a scary pitch that got loose on Heyward.
— Andrew Parsons (@abparsons) August 21, 2013
The way he was spitting blood makes me think he lost teeth. #Heyward
— Brandon Jones (@MisterJones1990) August 21, 2013
man….. hope Heyward is okay. wouldnt wish that on anyone. ive been hit in the mouth with a fastball before. it sucks.
— nocturnal lanrutcon. (@bull_spit) August 21, 2013
Ugh. He was spitting blood?! Smfh.
— H (@Tark31) August 21, 2013
Oh heyward. Wow. Owww. Hate to see that. #ouch
— Jenna Strickland (@jennalynnstrick) August 21, 2013
Dang poor Heyward. That looked bad.
— John Mahaffey (@Johnnixx6) August 21, 2013
super-awful sight, watching jon niese of the mets hit jason heyward in the jaw with a fastball just now. man alive. #braves
— Melvin Peña (@kittenry) August 21, 2013
It’s a pretty safe bet that Mets’ pitcher Jon Niese feels awful:
Niese was obviously rattled by hitting Heyward. Gives up 2 straight hits to lose the lead
— JR (@Jon__Reed) August 21, 2013
Niese rushed toward the plate right after it happened. Heyward still down.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) August 21, 2013
Braves with back to back hits off Niese. Gotta wonder if he's shaken up as well. Was concerned immediately after hitting Heyward.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 21, 2013
Niese is still shaken up from hitting Heyward
— Avery Wash (@A_Wash13) August 21, 2013
With the exception of Heyward, no one feels worse right now than Jon Niese.
— Chris (@tpgMets) August 21, 2013
And now Niese has given up two straight hits since plunking Heyward. Correlation is not causation, but it might be.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 21, 2013
Heyward up and pounds his chest. Can't imagine we see retaliation after that one, clearly Niese didn't mean to hit him. #Braves
— Cory McCartney (@coryjmccartney) August 21, 2013
We certainly hope Heyward is OK and that he makes a full recovery:
Prayers for Jason Heyward. Got drilled right in the cheek/jaw.
— Papi (@LilPapi0134) August 21, 2013
Prayers to Jason Heyward that he will be fine after being hit by a pitch in the head #ATLvsNYM
— The FFEJ (@TheFFEJ17) August 21, 2013
Ouch, hope Jason Heyward is ok.
— Chris (@Chris_Sc027) August 21, 2013
I hope Jason Heyward is alright!
— Michael Vaughn (@Shattz1127) August 21, 2013