Newport residents concerned about fly balls damaging homes, property
Foul ball or fair game?
Some residents in Newport told NBC 10 News they're upset after fly balls damaged their homes and property. They said 20 to 50 fly balls end up in their yards during Newport Gulls practices throughout the week.
Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop said the city installed additional fencing in right field last year after neighbors expressed concerns over fly balls. Some residents who live near Cardines Field said they've gotten used to it.
"There's a particular clank, which is that roof. It's got a certain note," said Alexander Nesbitt. "So, then you know and you kind of look around and then it's in the parking lot."
Neighbors said they've seen baseballs land in parking lots, as well as in their yards and homes.
Some showed NBC 10 damage they said was recently caused by players hitting the baseballs out of the park, suffering damaged windows, skylights and cars.
Others said foul balls are fair game when you live by a ballpark.
"There's always one here and there, you live next to a ballpark," Nesbitt said.
Those with damaged property said they submit a report through the police and the Gulls will pay to repair the damage.
Many told NBC 10 they love having the team in town, but hope the city and the team can work together to keep it fair for everyone.
"It's a piece of American history so you have to keep it going," Nesbitt said.
Newport Gulls did not return NBC 10's request for comment Wednesday, but city officials said they plan to meet with team representatives Thursday to come up with a solution.