From getting demoted to the minor leagues due to a lack of efficiency, to almost getting traded, to coming back to the majors, and now currently in the middle of a highlight-filled hot streak ... it's truly been a roller coaster 2016 season forLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
On Monday night, during the Dodgers' 8-2 victory over the New York Yankees -- Dodger blue completely overran Yankee Stadium, as the seats were packed with pro-Dodgers fans.
After the final out was recorded, Yasiel Puig decided to throw the ball into the crowd. One of the numerous Dodger fans in attendance was Alyssa Gerharter, and she ... more specifically, her face ... was on the receiving end of Puig's souvenir, knocking out one of her front teeth:
Yasiel Puig throws ball into crowd, sends Dodger fan to hospital
In a statement to The New York Daily News, Gerharter described the incident:
"I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, 'I don't have a glove to catch this ball ... And I think I put my hands up in front of my face. I saw it was coming at me and registered that it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn't so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there's a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there's a tooth in my hand."
Per the Daily News' account: Gerharter was immediately rushed to the first aid room inside the stadium, soon followed by a trip to the hospital -- but she holds no grudges against Puig for what transpired:
Everybody was going after it. And I guess we all missed," said Gerharter, who attended the game with a group of "30 or 40" Dodgers fans based in New York. "It was so fast that I don't think it's anybody's fault for not catching it. In our whole group there was only one person who had a glove. So everybody was trying to catch it with their bare hands. I caught it with my face."
And as to why she took the photo:
"I was full of adrenaline when it first happened, that's why I took the photo ... I started freaking out in the ambulance."
Good to hear she was a good sport about it. Let's hope Puig hears about the accident and does something nice for Gerharter if/when she attends the game on Wednesday she has tickets to -- because, ya know ... #PuigYourFriend
Rob Perez/FOX Sports

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