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Minn. Twins Player Span Fouls Ball Into Mom's Chest

Baseball doesn't normally make me think of Freud's Oedipus Complex theory, the notion that men have to separate from their mothers to achieve full masculinity.

Minnesota Twins left fielder Denard Span. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images hide caption

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But I have to admit, Freud's theory did cross my mind when I read this Associated Press story about Minnesota Twins left fielder Denard Span hitting his mother in the stands with a batted ball:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Minnesota Twins leadoff man Denard Span hit a hard foul ball that struck his mom in the chest during Wednesday's game. She was treated by paramedics and back in the stands minutes later.

"My mom is feeling ok right now!" Span later posted on his Twitter account.

Wanda Wilson was wearing a Span jersey and sitting with about 20 family members and friends near the third-base dugout. Span took a defensive swing in the first inning and sent a liner into the low box seats, hitting her near the shoulder.

A stunned Span sprinted into the stands and stayed with his mother while she got treatment. The split-squad game against the New York Yankees was delayed for a few minutes as she walked to first aid, and the Twins said she was sore but OK.

"What the odds of that happening?" Twins pitching coach Rick
Anderson said. "I've never seen it before. It's crazy. I'm standing there right next to it and I heard it and it's just, 'Oh no!, that didn't sound good.' She's on the ground and I'm saying,
'Please don't be the head or something' because it sounded so ugly."