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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Baseball Players Are Boobs: Chapter 45

ANYTHING could happen to these players on a baseball field surrounded by fences, cops and cameras. Not that it has in the past 100 years, but still...anything COULD happen.

Via ESPN, a players/front office reaction piece to the Philly fan who was tasered for running on to the field:

While some question the use of force on a teen who ran on to the field as a lark, plenty of players, baseball officials and security officers say it's difficult to make that determination in the moment. Recalling the stabbing of tennis star Monica Seles in 1993, and the beating of Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa in 2002, they stressed the need to feel safe on the field.

"You've got to do whatever you think is necessary to stop some of these fans," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a wacko fan. I'm all for it."[...]

"Fans should not be on the field. It can be scary, because you just don't know what a guy might do," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I think it's important to try to get a guy to the ground. In a situation like [Philadelphia's], that will deter somebody from doing that again."

Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee knows the image of a fleet-footed fan juking out a portly security guard in the outfield can be comical. But he admitted to being frightened about one getting too close.

"You never know what their intentions are," Lee said. "They have probably been drinking, or maybe have taken drugs. You don't know what they are going to do."
But we do know what they are going to do right? I've watched enough baseball games to know the drill. Drunk guys jumps onto field runs around some, tackled by cops. That's it. If any violence occurs because of the trespassing it's to the guy, not the players.

I'm not looking to get into a large discussion about tasers, trespassing or police brutality. My only point is to question the cavalier statements regarding advocating deadly force (because tasers are just that) when the risk to the players and coaches is close to non-existent. I cringe whenever I read, "You've got to do whatever to stop them". Usually when you hear that statement, you can assume the guy making it is an idiot.

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