A Boston Red Sox fan hit New York Yankee outfielder Gary Sheffield in the face as Sheffield chased down a ball against the right field fence Thursday night. The entire episode was captured by television cameras, and clearly shows the fan swinging at Sheffield. Sheffield, understandably angered by the action, briefly retaliated, but did not go into the stands after the fan. He continued to play ball and threw the ball back to the infield. The idiot fan was ejected from the game, but not arrested.
Sure, the rivalry between the two teams is a hot one. But if I remember correctly, the Red Sox beat the Yankees for the League Championship, and then won the World Series. So what’s the beef?
So, Boston fans now have been taught that if you’re willing to risk being thrown out of the ballpark, it’s okay to hit players of the opposing team.
The fan ought to have been arrested and charged with assault, and anything else that fits. He then should be banned not only from Fenway Park, but every MLB and NAPBL baseball park in the country.