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Player hurls chair at fans

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by LoKyBuckeye, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.


    Texas Rangers-Oakland game turns ugly when player hurls chair at fans

    By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer
    September 14, 2004

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the right field box seats, hitting two spectators in the head Monday night, as Oakland Athletics fans taunted the visitors after a two-out, top-of-the-ninth homer tied the game.

    One of the fans, an unidentified woman, was bloodied and her nose was broken.

    Major league baseball's commissioner's office said Tuesday morning it was investigating.

    With two outs in the ninth, Texas Ranger Alfonso Soriano tied the game at 5 on his second homer of the night. Moments later, with the Rangers' Hank Blalock at the plate, the Texas bench and bullpen cleared.

    ``Tonight, it went over the line,'' Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. ``It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We've had problems about every time we've come here.''

    Texas reliever Doug Brocail was seen screaming at a male fan, and the pitcher had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Others also had to be held back.

    Francisco threw the chair at a fan in a lower box near the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair hit one man in the head, then bounced and struck the woman on her left temple.

    Security ran to the scene and a small section of fans was cleared from their seats.

    A's manager Ken Macha came across the field to speak to Dave Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, before play resumed 19 minutes later.

    There was talk between the umpires and managers of suspending the game, clearing the stands and forfeiting the game.

    The Athletics won 7-6 in the 10th inning.

    Rinetti said afterward that the woman was being treated at a hospital for facial cuts and a broken nose and was considering pressing charges. Francisco was escorted by police out an alternate stadium exit after the game and into a car waiting on the field. No arrests were made.

    Brocail declined comment, and Francisco wasn't around the locker room afterward.

    Francisco, 25, was named American League rookie of the month for August, when he was 3-0 with a 1.69 earned-run average.
  2. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    “Tonight, it went over the line,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We’ve had problems about every time we’ve come here.”

    yep, way to defend assault and battery. As least have the guts to punch the guy making the comments. I'm pretty sure you can't aim a chair at a particular person.
  3. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    It was reported this morning that MLB has banned the Oakland A's promotions department from having "Geraldo Rivera Night" ever again.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2004
  4. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    As I was drawing images of Bobby Knight throwing a chair across the court, I read your post. Damn, late again. That coulda been my joke.
  5. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    :lol: :lol:
  6. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    So now that he got cut by the Vikings Brock Lesner is going to give baseball a try? He might want to leave the chair throwing in the WWE.
  7. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    Your ass is mine Frankie Francisco!!!!!!!!!!

  8. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Nothing like following up being the AL Rookie of the Month with a little assualt and battery...
  9. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    Hey, give the guy a break. That woman probably used some big, scary words...

  10. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    From what I've heard of the story so far, the only thing I'm disappointed about is that the chair didn't hit the right person. Some people just deserve to get their asses beat. If the same guy had walked into a biker bar and pulled the kind of crap he pulled, many people would probably say he got what was coming to him. Why should the fact that it happened at a baseball game make any difference?

    The woman has been identified as the wife of the instigator. I guess a messed up face is the price you pay for not telling your husband to stop acting like a fucking jackass.
  11. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    Did anyone else hear the words "See you in divorce court" hidden in that story. She can't be pleased that her nose got broke because her husband couldn't shut his cockholster.
  12. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    I don't know the circumstances, but all I can say is that if some assclown threw a chair that bounced off someone and hit my wife, who had nothing to do with the incident (not saying that's what happened here, but it could have) the sumbitch would have some issues with me. If you want to go in and deck somebody hurling racial epithets, fine, have at it, bit don't be throwing dangerous projectiles into close quarters. Obviously his IQ size is about Justin Zwick's jersey number.
  13. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    you can AIM at anything......its just that most people wont ever hit what theyre aiming at.
  14. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Yeah, after all, he IS a relief pitcher for the Rangers :biggrin:
  15. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Bookie

    Looks like I was on the right track on this one. To make a long story short, the couple basically said that acting like an assface is and American tradition, and that they purposefully bought their season tickets behind the visitors' bullpen so it would be more convenient for them to be jackasses.

    I know there's probably nothing that can happen to these people legally, so I hope they just get hit by a truck or something. Then, I will go to their funeral and heckle them. The tradition continues!

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