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Michael Teixiera took one for the team. He lost his personal injury case against the New Britain Baseball Club, Inc., after he was struck in the testicles by an errant ball. But if Connecticut continues to follow the “limited duty rule” applied by New Britain Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban, the traditional proximity of ballplayers and spectators can be preserved.

“[O]ne of the great lures of the game that still remains to bring spectators to the park, young and old alike, is the anticipation and hope that by the end of the game they will leave with a souvenir in the form of a ball that has come off the field of play,” Shaban observed.

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