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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Fighting at the Ballpark!

Now that the ritual condemnation of Texas Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco is coming in from all quarters after he threw a chair at fans in Oakland last night, I'll be a bit of a contrarian. Yes, it's obviously wrong to resort to violence when someone says something to you.

But I don't find it shocking that violence does result sometimes in circumstances like these. While the article I linked says, "the fans didn't yell racial slurs or swear at the Texas players," so that's good, I'm sure that in many such instances fans do exactly that. I find it bizarre that if you yelled such things at a stranger out in the park or on the street, most people agree that you should be ready for that person to potentially get violent with you, hence most people don't do that sort of thing lightly. Although the person's violent bahavior is still illegal, we view it as somewhat legitimate. However, when people go to baseball games, they seem to feel that they can yell whatever vile things they want at players with no repercussions at all. Does society recognize an implied right of the bleachers?

Mix in alcohol consumption by fans and professional athletes who have their competitive juices flowing and incidents will occur. Page 2 has some history on such events going down at baseball games. One thing they don't mention (and my memory is hazy on this so it could be wrong) is that I think Crazy Carl Everett once went into the stands to attack a fan at a game he was playing in Mexico years back and he managed to get himself banned from the Mexican league for life. Is it any wonder he wouldn't work out in Boston?