Tuesday, May 4, 2010

AN ELECTRIC NIGHT OF BASEBALL: So I went to the Phillies game last night and saw a foul ball land two seats away from me, a rare out on runner's interference, Joe Blanton best Albert Pujols three straight times (let's not talk about the fourth) and thousands of Phillies fans pulling up Tennessee v. Garner (1985) on their Blackberries because we've never seen a guy get Tasered for running onto the field before.

Video here if you haven't seen it, and it's worth viewing in its entirety from that angle because it makes clear that this particular trespasser had no intent to harm any of the players or umpires on the field -- look at how many he ran past. He was an idiot running around for as long as he could, and IMHO this was an unnecessary, excessive and dangerous use of force -- though with notable deterrent effect as to future miscreants. Seriously, though: just keep chasing him. He ain't goin' nowhere.


  1. That kid goes to the high school I went to. So now we have Steve Burns from Blue's Clues and this dude.

  2. mikeski10:01 AM

    Oh, boo-friggin'-hoo.  Somebody's got to be made an example of, and apparently it's this little slug.  Why should the whole ballpark have to sit and endure some moron who can't abide by basic rules run around on the field any longer than is absolutely necessary to cart his self-aggrandizing butt away?  He wanted attention, and he got it - good and hard.  Well done. 

  3. girard3111:17 AM

    At the Orioles' opening day game, a fan jumped out on the field, and the police handled it much better. Rather than chasing the guy down, they just slowly encircled him until he ran out of gas, and they cuffed him and took him out. It was a much better strategy. There's no wasted energy and no frustration that leads to tasering.

    Here's the tail end of it:

    And no offense, but if I was a cop, I would take much better care of myself physically. It's scary to see cops that out of shape. Man, it could be the difference between living and dying.