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Frankie Francisco deserves mercy (give the chair-throwing pitcher a break!)
Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 9/16/2004 | Randy Galloway

Posted on 09/16/2004 6:11:49 AM PDT by sinkspur

Frankie Francisco deserves mercy

By RANDY GALLOWAY

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas - Frankie has done wrong. He threw that chair.

He missed the big mouth sitting behind the bullpen, but hit the guy's wife.

Blood happened. A nose broke.

An arrest was made. Frankie had to go downtown. He posted bail.

The woman hired a lawyer. The lawyer is louder than the woman's husband. If I read him right, the Rangers' bullpen was on a meth-crazed rampage that night.

Sounds like a civil lawsuit is coming. Imagine that. It's about the money.

The commissioner of baseball has yet to speak. But Frankie will take the fall, we know that. So will other Rangers.

Media outrage is pouring in, coast to coast.

Frankie Francisco, a nice kid by all accounts, is the new bad guy of baseball.

Give him a 50-game suspension. Sixty games. Lifetime. Sportswriters are on a "hang `em high" crusade.

But I've got a better idea for Bud Selig.

Give Frankie a break. First-time offender, clean record.

It's just too bad the chair missed that punk who was doing all the mouthing, and gesturing for pitcher Doug Brocail to come on over the rail and try to take him out.

OK, you can't write that. It's not proper. Outrage against Frankie is what the media is supposed to show.

But honestly, I got no outrage.

Frankie screwed up. But stuff happens.

Mr. Selig will have to pounce. He will have to be tough, or else the media watchdogs will take a bite out of him.

But if Bud really wants to make Frankie pay a heavy price, then I suggest instead of a long suspension, he make life miserable for Frankie.

Sentence the kid to a form of local community service. Allow Frankie to continue to try to make a living in a hard game, but also place him under house arrest. Well, sorta.

Because Bud doesn't know the local landscape that well, I'm here to make suggestions.

Mr. Selig, if you want Frankie to truly regret he ever picked up that chair, sentence him to the following:

A full NBA season of sitting next to the Mavericks' P.A. man.

Polishing that stupid bell at the ballpark.

Working seven Cowboys' home games as Rowdy.

Working one Cowboys' home game as a starting cornerback.

Serving one month as a member of the Dallas City Council.

Teaching defense to Alfonso Soriano.

Raising money for Tom Hicks to pay off the first $7 million installment to George Steinbrenner.

The Mavericks' spokesman who has to explain Tariq Abdul-Wahad.

Hair stylist for Kevin Mench.

Selling season tickets for the Stars, starting today.

Explaining Bill Parcells to Julius Jones.

Drawing up a defensive game plan for the Mavericks.

Spokesman for Fox Sports Southwest, defending the network's "you really didn't see what you saw" decision Monday night. If there's no replay allowed, was there really a chair thrown?

Cup holder for Quincy Carter.

In charge of planning a victory party for the SMU football team.

I'm telling you, Bud, when it comes to Frankie, all of the above would be a "that'll teach him" lesson.

But if Mr. Selig isn't buying my plan, the next step will be to establish a "Free Frankie" fund.

Frankie will need a good defense lawyer.

I asked Jim Lane of Fort Worth on Wednesday how he would defend Frankie, after having seen all the video evidence.

"Sometimes lawyers will joke that the victim got what he deserved," Lane said. "If that chair had hit the guy instead of the woman, well ..."

But Frankie missed.

"I think I'd have to go the temporary insanity route," Lane said. "That the fan drove him crazy.

"But I might be more inclined, having seen the replays many times, to plead for mercy instead of justice."

There you have it, Mr. Selig. Frankie done wrong. But is there any mercy in your heart?


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1 posted on 09/16/2004 6:11:54 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sinkspur
The Oakland fan with the broken nose is not getting much sympathy from the sports writers here in DFW.

Plus, one of the pitchers likely to be suspended pitched a save against the Athletics, who now lead the Rangers by only four games.

2 posted on 09/16/2004 6:13:42 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur

He should be kicked out of Baseball forever.


3 posted on 09/16/2004 6:15:51 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rather calls Saddam "Mister President" and calls President Bush "bush")
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To: sinkspur; SeeRushToldU_So
I did not see the game but saw snippets on the news. The fan is an idiot but the player is there in a professional capacity and is wrong here. It would be no different if he had been in a bar and hit the woman with a chair.
4 posted on 09/16/2004 6:16:21 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Guess what? Your 72 virgins look like Michael Moore!)
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To: sinkspur

Felony conviction.

A little jail time. (Less than a year - it IS a first offense.)

High fines.

Seven-figure punitive damages.

These asses are paid millions and millions and millions of dollars. If they can't take the verbal abuse that comes with the mega-millions, let 'em go do something more valuable for our society.

Like sweep floors.

Or dig ditches.


5 posted on 09/16/2004 6:16:37 AM PDT by sitetest (Spitball Kerry for Collaborator-in-Chief!)
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To: sinkspur

This guy needs to spend at least 2 years in jail. The last thing this country needs is yet another example of a violent person hurting someone and getting off scot-free.


6 posted on 09/16/2004 6:16:53 AM PDT by thoughtomator ("With 64 days left, John Kerry still has time to change his mind 4 or 5 more times" - Rudy Giuliani)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
He should be kicked out of Baseball forever.

Absolutely, anything less is a sham.

7 posted on 09/16/2004 6:18:15 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Hey AdminMod, I want my very own Rather memo faxed from Texas thread too!!)
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To: sinkspur
Where the heck was the stadium security? They should have kicked out the loud mouth and his fat wife way before it came to this...
8 posted on 09/16/2004 6:18:22 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: sinkspur

More than a game, each player is a role model for the larger community. He should be barred from the league for his crime, and any writer trying to sugarcoat the assault should be ashamed.


9 posted on 09/16/2004 6:21:07 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: sinkspur

Sorry. No sympathy for the player. Sure, it's tough getting ragged on by the fans. Too bad, but it's a fact of life for players.

Pitching a metal chair into the crowd just isn't right. What if it had hit some kid? No, it hit the wife of the creepy guy doing some of the yelling and broke her nose.

Assault and battery, plain and simple. Tough luck for the player, but he's the one who threw the chair.

Do I like these fans? No, not much. That's why I don't attend games in person any more. I got tired of the foul language and the beer being spilled on my back. I watch on the tube these days.


10 posted on 09/16/2004 6:23:43 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: thoughtomator
He won't spend a minute of time in jail. He could, however, lose his work visa and have to go back to the Dominican Republic.

There's another story in Star Telegram that quotes other pitchers from the Tigers and the Red Sox, who say they've almost gotten into it with those same fans. They say they've had beer poured on them and one said "I think one of them peed in a cup, then threw it on us."

So give these cretins a big financial settlement.

The best thing the Rangers can do is win the AL West. That'll shut 'em up.

11 posted on 09/16/2004 6:24:29 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

If Albert Belle was not kicked out of baseball, Frankie Francisco won't be.


12 posted on 09/16/2004 6:25:26 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur

I agree that some of the spectators are way out of control - but you can see that all the way to little league with parents getting into fights!


13 posted on 09/16/2004 6:28:15 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Guess what? Your 72 virgins look like Michael Moore!)
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To: sinkspur
Randy Galloway needs to get a brain.

I saw the incident. Frankie was in the wrong all the way.
Punishment? Sure.
A lawsuit? Sure.
The loudmouth fan will come away with a good chunk of Frankie's pay for this year.

Criminal action? Sure.
Frankie oughta get a charge of assualt and battery, pay another big chunk of this years pay, and get probation and community service for a good long while.

If you can't take the ragging by the other teams fans you better get out of the game.

14 posted on 09/16/2004 6:29:43 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: sitetest

Well, Frankie is hoping he gets away with a lesser sentence. If he get's a felony conviction he will get deported automatically and can't set foot in the U.S. anymore. Tough luck for a young kid making a mistake.

Where WAS Security? They had complained several times about those creeps and NOTHING was done. And yes, other teams have complained about it as well.

Shame is that Frankie is a good guy from all reports and because of some creep lost his cool (Which is UNACCEPTABLE).


15 posted on 09/16/2004 6:33:04 AM PDT by STFrancis
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To: sinkspur

Oh, I see...a two-tiered system...one set of laws for us regular folks, and another for the rich and famous.

No, thanks.


16 posted on 09/16/2004 6:33:36 AM PDT by SerpentDove (I love HDTV...now I can count Dan Rather's sweat beads.)
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To: Just another Joe
Sure. Players ought to be able to handle it.

But I'll bet these fans are going to be watched like hawks from now on.

Umpires were very close Monday night to declaring a forfeit and giving the game to Texas. There was a lot more going on down there than just a player throwing a chair.

Nobody, a high-paid player included, should have to tolerate profanity and racial slurs.

17 posted on 09/16/2004 6:34:13 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur
The man with the worst reputation in baseball is being forced to retire, to the media’s great delight. There has been a recent proliferation of columns by baseball writers wishing Albert Belle the worst, saying they won’t miss him and that baseball will be better off without him. All of them ignore one small fact: that Albert Belle is perhaps the most misunderstood athlete of his generation.

You sent me to Google. LOL
18 posted on 09/16/2004 6:34:23 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rather calls Saddam "Mister President" and calls President Bush "bush")
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To: sinkspur

Can anyone say "Loose Cannon"?


19 posted on 09/16/2004 6:36:21 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: sinkspur
'Nobody, a high-paid player included, should have to tolerate profanity and racial slurs.'
And thus he has a right to physically assault them? Nonsense. He was one hundred percent in the wrong, and the assualt charges are just, even if the name-callers had been right in his face.
20 posted on 09/16/2004 6:38:51 AM PDT by jboot (Faith is not a work)
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To: STFrancis

Dear STFrancis,

"If he get's a felony conviction he will get deported automatically and can't set foot in the U.S. anymore. Tough luck for a young kid making a mistake."

Good. I hope they win more in punitive damages than he has, and he's sent back home penniless.

"Where WAS Security? They had complained several times about those creeps and NOTHING was done. And yes, other teams have complained about it as well."

Tough. These crybaby multi-millionaires think they have a right to keep their wittle itty-bitty feelings from being hurt. If they had to function in the real world, where most folks put up with a whole lot just to earn enough to feed their families and keep a roof over their head, then they might have some appreciation for the uniquely-privileged position they hold in American society: They are paid TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PLAY A GAME.

If they can't put up with the minor annoyances that come with that highly-favored position, then tough on 'em.


sitetest


21 posted on 09/16/2004 6:39:27 AM PDT by sitetest (Spitball Kerry for Collaborator-in-Chief!)
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To: sinkspur
Frankie is just another example of a juiced-up, macho, egotistical millionaire pro athlete!
Another one with an I.Q. of a Jethro Bodine!

Get your checkbook out Frankie, it's gonna hurt!

I used to love pro sports and the players/coaches, but I now have such a low opinion of all of them, including the owners/organizations!

22 posted on 09/16/2004 6:40:15 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: sinkspur
Nobody, a high-paid player included, should have to tolerate profanity and racial slurs.

Profanity? No big thing. Water off a ducks back. Sticks and stones.....
Racial slurs? Almost the same thing except you call security and have them stand right behind the loudmouths and tell them that the police are waiting to arrest them for hate speech.

Sorry, Frankie gets no sympathy.

If he wants to do something he gets in a jawing match with them and matches them profanity for profanity and racial slur for racial slur. Otherwise he ignores them. He DOESN'T throw a metal chair into the stands.

23 posted on 09/16/2004 6:41:40 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: sinkspur

Crap like this is why I do not watch or care for major league baseball.


24 posted on 09/16/2004 6:42:09 AM PDT by thomas70
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To: sinkspur

Dear sinkspur,

If the fans are overly verbally abusive and the home team folks do nothing, take it up with the commissioner.

But physical violence cannot be condoned or excused. Convict this thug of a felony, ruin him financially, and send him back whence he came.

If MLB wants to yank this couple's season tickets, that's fine, too.


sitetest


25 posted on 09/16/2004 6:42:20 AM PDT by sitetest (Spitball Kerry for Collaborator-in-Chief!)
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To: TexasCajun
Get your checkbook out Frankie, it's gonna hurt!

Tom Hicks, Rangers owner, will pay every dime of a settlement and fines.

26 posted on 09/16/2004 6:44:54 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur
"RANDY GALLOWAY"

Stupid shill!




27 posted on 09/16/2004 6:47:50 AM PDT by sinclair (If you don't stop and think, then it doesn't matter whether you are a genius or a moron.)
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To: sitetest
I'm not really all that exercised over this, sitetest.

The player will likely be ruined,and deservers it for losing control, but I have absolutely no sympathy for these fans. None. They're bullies and drunken thugs, and bullies usually end up with bloody noses when they run across somebody who won't put up with their crap.

28 posted on 09/16/2004 6:48:23 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur
I thought the felony charge was a bit much. You think Joe Blow is gonna be charged with a felony for throwing a folding chair at a neighbor? Not likely.

Give the guy some punishment, misdemeanor assault, a couple weeks suspension...and get the teams to do something about the obnoxious fans.

29 posted on 09/16/2004 6:51:12 AM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: sinkspur
Oh, boo hoo, poor Frankie, he got miffed from some taunting. Yes, I know the fans were rabid that night, but that doesn't excuse his behavior. They love the cheers, they have to be able to take the boos as well. Don't they learn that as little leaguers?

Hey, Frankie:

Sticks and stones may break my bones,

- and here's the important part, Frankie -

But words can never hurt me.

He should be more concerned about the lady he hit with the chair. Did anyone see her on TV? She actually looked like she was in pain.

30 posted on 09/16/2004 6:58:23 AM PDT by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune.)
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To: fortunecookie
He should be more concerned about the lady he hit with the chair. Did anyone see her on TV? She actually looked like she was in pain.

Her gutless husband ducked.

Whatever pain she was in will be soothed by a couple of mil.

Did you see the press conference? She wore a bandage on her nose the size of a dinner plate.

31 posted on 09/16/2004 7:03:27 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur

Dear sinkspur,

I don't really care in what sort of behavior the fans engaged. If they were over the line, the stadium folks should do something about it. It's beside the point.

The point is that physical violence is an order of magnitude beyond verbal abuse. Physical violence with a metal chair is a couple of orders of magnitude beyond verbal abuse.

If the couple were (seriously) threatening physical violence, then they themselves committed simple assault. If the player had real reason to fear for his safety, or that of his family, etc., a physical reaction could have been justified. The jackass who confronted Yankees players INSIDE THEIR OWN BULLPEN last year deserved the light beating he took. His behavior had moved from extremely abusive to physically threatening.

But potentially deadly assault is never justified as a response for verbal abuse.

Furthermore, these players are paid ludicrous amounts of money to play a game. Their position is one of great, unimaginable privilege. The yawning chasm between the players and the fans mitigates abuse offered by the fans. These players are paid better than Superman. They'd best be better than Superman. If they aren't, then they need to give back the money, or get the hell out of the game.


sitetest


32 posted on 09/16/2004 7:03:50 AM PDT by sitetest (Spitball Kerry for Collaborator-in-Chief!)
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To: 2banana
Where the heck was the stadium security? They should have kicked out the loud mouth and his fat wife way before it came to this...

Yes, yelling at and taunting someone who makes a 7 figure income is certainly cause for removal.

33 posted on 09/16/2004 7:05:50 AM PDT by m87339 (If you could see what a drag it is to see you.)
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To: B Knotts

Dear B Knotts,

Where I live, if you take a swing at a guy and break his nose, and you have no legal justification, you'll be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. First offense will get a probation before judgment (if you keep your record clean for a set period of time afterwards - say, a year or two - your record will be expunged).

If you use a physical object in the assault, and cause signficant injury, count on a felony charge, and likely a little time in the county lock-up.


sitetest


34 posted on 09/16/2004 7:07:34 AM PDT by sitetest (Spitball Kerry for Collaborator-in-Chief!)
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To: sinkspur

Right.

The guy is being heckled so he throws a chair.

Don't misunderstand me! Sometimes I think violence is the ONLY way to solve things!

But you have to do it right.

He's being hassled.

He doesn't have the self-control or discipline to take the time to single out the person who's p&ssing him off, so he pitches the chair.

Not only does he fail to nail the guy making the fuss, he endangers everyone else in the area, MOST of whom are completly innocent.

The chair flies, and the wife's nose gets broken.

Oh yeah.

BIG man!

/sarcasm OFF

This idiot is ill-disciplined and needs to be tossed.


35 posted on 09/16/2004 7:08:01 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: m87339
Yes, yelling at and taunting someone who makes a 7 figure income is certainly cause for removal.

So it's OK to loudly call baseball players "nigger" and "spic" with kids in the same row?

The umpires were very close to declaring a forfeit of that game for what the Oakland fans were doing!

36 posted on 09/16/2004 7:10:00 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur
It's about the money.

No. It is about sitting next to some jerk, even if you accompanied them to the game and getting hit by a chair someone else threw at them. It is about paying money to be at an event and being assaulted by one of the people you support by being there.

It is about a two-tiered system of behavioural expectations which goes back to the days of college athletes being treated better than those lowly slobs who were just there for an education.

Prosecute

SUE

flog the jerk (the one who threw the chair).

If a spectator had thrown a chair and broke the player's nose, we would be hearing a different story. We shouldn't.

37 posted on 09/16/2004 7:10:02 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (It took the second plane for people to realize we were being attacked. Don't tell me it can't happen)
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To: Smokin' Joe

There you go!

JUST right!

( And i like the bit about flogging!)


38 posted on 09/16/2004 7:12:15 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: sinkspur

He sould be arrested and convicted of assault. We all saw that. No one can attack someone unless they are threatened!


39 posted on 09/16/2004 7:17:18 AM PDT by NavyCaptain
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To: sinkspur
Nobody, a high-paid player included, should have to tolerate profanity and racial slurs.

'Racial slurs' - is that what Frankie's saying? I'm sure he considers it a sure fire way to silence the critics, but unless the fan was calling Frankie a 'gap-toothed imbred hillbilly cracker' I doubt very much he'd be foolish enough use racial slurs in any Bay Area crowd. He'd be hit by 20k chairs simultaneously.

40 posted on 09/16/2004 7:21:04 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

You're wrong. I'll post the stories of a couple of pitchers from other teams who say that racial slurs are a regular feature of these bullpen fans.


41 posted on 09/16/2004 7:25:07 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: sinkspur

Have you ever been to a game at the coliseum?


42 posted on 09/16/2004 7:26:25 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: sinkspur

Radio interview sure sounded to me like the fan was the problem. The husband admitted "they pay for season tickets just to go and heckle the players". This is in the same town where the Oakland Raiders play, and the rude and rowdy fans in that stadium are not pleasant.
The cost of season tickets isn't cheap, but that doesn't buy you the right to be an ass to all the visiting players. This same jerk is ruining the baseball game for all in his area who are subjected to the constant taunting this guy apparently only goes to the game to do. Doesn't sound like they have a favorite player or are there to enjoy the "GAME". They just pay money to go taunt.
NOTE TO MAYOR JERRY BROWN: You wouldn't let this pair pester the animals at the Oakland Zoo, why have you and your city allowed them to spend their time acting in a similar manner at the local baseball games?
Having the money to suy season tickets doesn't give you the right to behave like this. If that were the case, the biggest, baddest, most expensive vehicle on the road would rule the highways.
I'm glad I don't attend sports events where this pair attend. I would have thrown something at him myself much earlier in the evening.


43 posted on 09/16/2004 7:27:01 AM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: sinkspur

I note that a significant number of FReepers seem to want to punish this guy for making too much money.


44 posted on 09/16/2004 7:28:09 AM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: sinkspur
Her gutless husband ducked. Whatever pain she was in will be soothed by a couple of mil. Did you see the press conference? She wore a bandage on her nose the size of a dinner plate.

Oh, no, that was her husband? He's probably 'comforting' her by dangling the dollar carrot in front of her. Some hubby.

I briefly saw her on TV, but was unable to watch the whole thing. She really did look pained and bruised, not just like she was looking for a settlement. I think she does need something for her pain. So let's see, the hubby ducks, she gets whacked, and he gets to enjoy her pain and suffering settlement? And Frankie is still begging for mercy. Okay...

I don't watch a lot of baseball, I didn't realize he was a pitcher. At first I wondered just how hard the chair could have hit, but a pitcher throwing a chair at that relatively close distance is even more dangerous. She was hit in the temple, as I understood it, which is one of the worst places on one's head to get hit. She's lucky to be conscious and coherent.

45 posted on 09/16/2004 7:29:56 AM PDT by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune.)
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To: SerpentDove

Oh, I see...a two-tiered system...one set of laws for us regular folks, and another for the rich and famous. ""

In Oakland, there is a 2-tiered system:

One for the rowdy thugs, pimps, drug dealers, gangs and one for those of us trying to live our lives. Oakland is rapidly turning into a third world country. This "fan" was white, but he is acting like a gang member, IMO.


46 posted on 09/16/2004 7:30:26 AM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: sinkspur

I wish some millionaire would break my nose in a fit of rage in front of 40,000 witnesses. Any ideas on how to make this dream a reality?


47 posted on 09/16/2004 7:30:45 AM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: skeeter
No. But there's plenty of smoke that says these fans have been out of control for some time.

Last year, someone threw a cell phone at a player and hit him in the head.

A couple of years ago, a drunken idiot threw a firecracker that didn't quite make it to the field and hit a little kid.

Going to an A's game sounds like walking into a prison yard.

48 posted on 09/16/2004 7:31:59 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: SerpentDove

Oh, I see...a two-tiered system...one set of laws for us regular folks, and another for the rich and famous. ""

In Oakland, there is a 2-tiered system:

One for the rowdy thugs, pimps, drug dealers, gangs and one for those of us trying to live our lives. Oakland is rapidly turning into a third world country. This "fan" was white, but he is acting like a gang member, IMO.


49 posted on 09/16/2004 7:34:42 AM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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Well, he made something like $170,000 this year. So, yeah they can REALLY fleece him.


50 posted on 09/16/2004 7:34:51 AM PDT by STFrancis
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