Glen Burnie baseball coach home from hospital

April 11, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Holidays are for family, and the last place a person wants to be on Easter is stuck in a hospital.

A few days ago, Glen Burnie baseball coach Bruce Sider thought that would be his plight, until he got the green light to leave the hospital yesterday.

"It's great to be back home, and I plan to be at a couple games this week even though I know it will be a while before I can go back to work [as a physical education teacher]," Sider said from his Pasadena home last night.

Sider was felled by a line drive while pitching pre-game batting practice Wednesday at Southern High in Harwood.

The batted ball struck the Gophers coach above his left ear near his temple and knocked him to the ground.

Sider said last night that he "never saw the ball and I'm real lucky it wasn't worse."

After being assisted off the field, he was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He remained at Shock Trauma until yesterday afternoon.

Sider, who will undergo physical therapy in Glen Burnie and neuro-ENT therapy at University Hospital in Baltimore in about a week, has a permanent hearing loss.

"I've got permanent nerve damage and can't hear out of my left ear right now," said Sider, who expects to get some of his hearing back upon the dissipation of blood clots in his ear.

"My ear should clear up and my only other problem right now is that I'm having difficulty with my balance and my head still hurts, but I'm able to do some things around the house."

A couple years ago, the county budgeted a protective screen for every Anne Arundel baseball team, and the 14th-year coach was dismayed that Southern did not have its screen on the field Wednesday.

"When we got there and they didn't have a screen available, I told Walt [Puller, assistant coach] that I shouldn't throw batting practice," said Sider.

"It's the home team's responsibility to have the screen available. never throw batting practice without one again."

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