Kansas City Royals reliever Blaine Boyer helped steady the team’s bus on Sunday night in Toronto after a piece of ice shattered the windshield and injured the driver, according to multiple reports.
During transit from the airport to the hotel, a chunk of ice flew off of the team’s leading bus and hit the windshield of the second bus, breaking the glass and sending shards into the driver’s face, cutting him in several places. Sitting near the front, Boyer jumped up and grabbed the wheel to help keep the bus — which was traveling around 55 mph at impact — under control.
“He was bloodied up,” Boyer told The Athletic about the driver, Fred Folkerts. “The whole bus was rocked. It seemed like we got hit by an IED or something crazy.”
Boyer downplayed his own efforts, saying Folkerts deserves the credit for keeping the bus safe.
“He was a stud,” he said. “That guy Fred was a trooper. He had shards in his face, and he was locked in on trying to get the bus slowed down.”
Boyer, 36, joined the Royals last offseason on a minor league deal and made the team out of spring training.
The Sunday night scare was not the only ice-related issue of the road trip. The scheduled Monday night’s game was postponed due to a hole in the roof at the Blue Jays’ stadium, Rogers Centre, that was caused by ice that fell from the CN Tower. The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a Tuesday doubleheader.
–Field Level Media