Back in the game
Blair turns to coaching after recovering from accident
By HARRISON HAMLET - Bulletin Staff Writer
The phrase “bad bounce” took on an entirely new meaning for umpire Jay Blair just more than a decade ago.
A pitch, thrown during a Colt League (15-16-year-olds) baseball game on June 29, 2004, took an unusual hop off home plate and struck Blair in the carotid artery. The carotid artery carries blood to the brain from the heart and is comparable to the jugular vein in size and location in the neck, according to webmd.com.