This is one of the most disturbing videos I’ve seen in a long time. The first thing I thought was that I was happy this didn’t happen in Philadelphia, because the fan base here doesn’t need any more of this kind of attention. I don’t know if there is an epidemic of bad fan behavior and cops/security handling it poorly or if we just now see everything on video, because all you have to do is hold up a cell phone. This incident, combined with the beating that occurred outside Chavez Ravine during the opening week of the season, has gotten baseball off to a tough start in the PR department.
Somehow we’ve got to contain the belligerent fans a little better, do a better job of cutting people off from alcohol (open the tailgating lots a tad later), or come up with some plan to put an end to these types of incidents. Can you imagine if you had your kid down at the game and witnessed this? It’s like a bad action movie. And, the cops obviously aren’t prepared for this type of situation. They appear to be afraid of the guy. Now, would I be afraid of this guy? Absolutely, but I’m not a cop. Justice on the concourse is never going to end well.
To lighten the mood a little bit, here’s a picture of Cliff Lee from High School:
If I was a member of the Phillies, I’d have some t-shirts emblazoned with this image and start passing them around the clubhouse. I suppose maybe I’d wait until after a good start, but this is really something else. Do we think the sides are shaved here? How Mid-90s-tastic did they get down in Arkansas?
MLB Underdog of the Day: Friday’s Result, WIN. Financial Status: (-175 tokens).
Well, don’t look now, but the great streak ended. Quietly on Friday evening while everyone was out chasing cheap shots and loose morals, 3-Putt Territory’s own AL Rookie of the Year pick, Kyle Drabek, managed to toss in a quality start and the Jays ended up beating the Angels, ending my long run of futility. It felt pretty good, I must admit. Especially after I watched Cliff Lee get pounded as a huge favorite earlier that night. It’d be tough to pick against the Phils.
Today’s Pick: Toronto (+150) over Seattle.
King Felix is on the mound, but all that means is you get likely the worst team in the AL as a commanding favorite. I love Felix, but the Mariners offense terrifies me. He’s already suffered one hard luck loss this year, why not another? With Toronto’s power, they can run into one and win ugly. It’s the best option on the board with the truncated schedule and a lot of close match-ups.
Quiz of the Day: Name that Mullet. Category: Beautiful Hair. My Score: 15/16.
Pretty easy quiz, but had to do it for the great, great pictures. A wise man once said about things like this, “You have to want it.”