Violence in Sports, Not the On-The-Field Variety

As I usually do, I was following my Twitter feed while watching the Pirates game. Towards the end of the game I saw a re-tweet from a friend, the tweet was from the wife of Mat Latos, a Cincinnati Reds player. She reported that Pirates fans had been harassing another player’s grandmother and she asked them to stop and they then called her a profanity and threatened her.

She then claims that this fan pulled her hair before punching her in the head three times!

WHAT THE HECK?

(If you’d like to read an article about it including her tweets (warning NSFW) you can click HERE.)

This is just the latest in a series of fan-on-fan violence. On opening day, 2011, a Giants fan was attacked at Dodger Stadium in an attack that left him brain damaged. Brian Stow finally returned home in June, more than two years after the attack but still requires home nursing care. (Story HERE)

Just last week, on September 26th, a Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed outside AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Story HERE).

It’s nothing new, in fact, I was a victim of this fan-on-fan violence. Back in 1997, Baseball Ross and I lived in Harrisburg, PA, and Amtrak ran a special “Eagles Train”. It left from Harrisburg and went to Philadelphia, stopping on the tracks next to Veterans Stadium. They put little stools below the steps and we walked across the parking lot.

It was TERRIFYING! We had to walk along the fence surrounding the parking lot. Most of those fans had been tailgating for hours and were very drunk. It was like running the gauntlet. Those that were wearing Redskins gear were taunted, harassed, spit on, and had food thrown at them! Even the children! It was horrible. I was glad to be wearing Eagles gear but it was just abysmal.

During the game (of which I really don’t remember much after the next incident) the Eagles got a touchdown and Washington took the kickoff and gained some yards. Then Gus Ferrotte threw for a first down, that was when I was assaulted. The woman next to me punched me in the arm screaming, “It doesn’t even matter!” (referring to the touchdown.)

Ross didn’t see her. We were in the middle of a section so there was no way for me to get out. I would have had to pass the woman to get out to get security and there was no way to get out the other direction or signal for security. So I hid under Ross’ arm and waited for the game to be over, waiting to get away from the crazed fan. That game was pandemonium. Later, after the Eagles win, people were throwing fireworks off the top of the stadium and we saw at least one fist fight. It wasn’t long before Judge Seamus McCafferty was given a court room at the stadium to adjudicate the cases generated by the rowdy crowd.

Why has it gotten to this? How has it gotten to this?

Is it because how things in society have changed, in regards to manners? I can remember as a child, getting dressed up to go to a Hershey Bears hockey game. My dad had season tickets for years and he used to wear dress pants, dress shirt, tie and a jacket to the games. Could it be the alcohol? Alcohol fueled a murder at Citizens Bank Park back in 2009. (You can read the story HERE) This was Phillies fan vs. Phillies fan over a spilled beer.

I can’t figure it out. I don’t know if I want to figure it out. I just want fans to be able to go to a game wearing their jerseys without fear of getting attacked by someone in a different colored jersey, is that too much to ask? I honestly don’t know what it is, but I really wish people would just take a step back, realize the other person is  PERSON who has just as much right to live their lives without interference from anyone else.

I guess everyone needs to realize that, not just sports fans.

Carlos Alonso Wins Gold Glove as BEST Second Baseman in All of MiLB

Today, Alonso was awarded a Rawlings Golden Glove as the best second baseman in ALL of Minor League Baseball. (If you want to read the announcement, you can read it HERE.)

If you’ve been reading my blog and the blog of Baseball Ross, you’ll know that we’ve been singing the praises of Carlos Alonso all year. Alonso, who spent this year with Clearwater was outstanding at second base only committing TWO errors all season.

I think so highly of Alonso’s play I created my “Honorable Mention” for him specifically for My End of Season Top 10 Prospects in the Phillies’ System article. I also mentioned him as someone to keep an eye on when I was interviewed for the PhoulBallz podcast back on May 2nd.

As I told him when I messaged him, “There is no other player who deserved it more” and I meant it. He shows up every day, every play and gives 100%, the kind of guy you can point to your son and say, “see how he plays, that’s how it’s done.”

It’s great to see him finally get the recognition he has earned.

Congratulations Carlos!

Carlos Alonso posing with me after signing his jersey for me.

Carlos Alonso posing with me after signing his jersey for me.

Yeah, So the Pirates Are A No-Show

So today the Fall Instructional League Phillies were to play the Pirates today–originally at Pirate City in Bradenton, then yesterday, we were told the Bucs were coming here. Nope, no Bucs.

We arrived to find Phillies 1 vs Phillies 2–both wearing the same uniforms. This is so confusing.

20131001-130957.jpg

One thing I love, is the snap the ball makes when Kenny Giles throws some heat. (click HERE)

Wow! Luis Encarnacion just made a real sharp play, charging the ball and firing to first! Wow!

OF NOTE:
Zachary Green was awarded the New York Penn League Player of the Year!
AND he’s playing here today!

20131001-144914.jpg

Rays Win, They’re In!

We're In

While I will always be a Phillies girl at heart, I must admit that since moving to the Tampa area I’ve started to watch the Rays. It’s my adopted home town team.

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I was very excited that Baseball Ross and I won the ticket “lottery” to be allowed to purchase playoff tickets. We had our tickets and parking bought and paid for when the unthinkable happened…the Rays lost over the weekend and ended the season in a three way tie. The tickets for the game became void and we got a very nice email letting us know our money was refunded.

So last night (as if spending three hours watching FIL baseball wasn’t enough for one day) we fired up the big screen and watched the Rays. I got nervous. I paced, I chewed my nails, we celebrated every run…then it happened…former Phillie Delmon Young hit a blooper and  it bounced into the glove of Leonys Martin and…Young’s hit was called out. WHAT?!?!?!

The announcers immediately said that it was a BOUNCED ball, not a catch, but somehow all SIX on-field umpires missed the call. The Rays were threatening to score, likely would have gotten another run, but with the muffed call, it changed the dynamic of the inning.

The Bleacher Report has great gifs of the play… (HERE)

Now Commissioner Bud Selig is NOTORIOUSLY old fashioned not just with on field technology, he doesn’t even have email. If you want to contact him, you have to FAX him. (For what it’s worth, there’s been a couple of times I have used our home business fax to give him a piece of my mind, ha!)

This is where is tech-phobia hurts the game. A quick review, whether by on field umpires peeking under the “hood” or an umpire in a office looking at the tape would have cleared up the discrepancy in a matter of SECONDS. With no review, “the call on the field stands” and a false out was given. The Rays were lucky, they were able to overcome this travesty…but what if they wouldn’t?

What if they would have needed that one run to win? What if they lost their season, their chance for the SERIES on a blatantly muffed call?

There’s no appeal, no review, no justice.

This is one of the things that for me, is the legacy of the antiquated Bud Selig. Not how he dealt with the PED/Biogenesis scandals, not inter-league play, THIS, the lack of correctness and appeals. The NFL showed early on that instant replay can be quick, efficient and keep the game as fair as possible. Why not MLB?

Because the Commissioner is a dinosaur.

Selig announced he will retire at the end of his term in 2014. It can’t come soon enough.

Enough with the griping, let’s focus on ONE MORE GAME as the Rays say…on to Cleveland