Saw on Baseball Tonight last night that some doofus jumped out of the stands in the upper deck at Yankee Stadium onto the net that’s behind home plate. At first when I saw it, the news reports said he fell out accidentally, but this morning, it turns out he jumped. What a mental zero. People like that need to fall on their heads so we can’t get offspring from such twits.
The video of this looked like he was obviously disoriented and hurt when he landed, and was roughly pulled up – again, I felt bad for him at first, but after hearing what happened, good. The thing that bothers me most about this is he “wanted to test and see if the net would hold his weight”. What did he think would happen if it didn’t? He’d fall through to the ground, real smart. Worse yet, injure the people below the net. Real smart, you genius. If it wouldn’t have hurt the people below, I would have wished you would have fell through to the ground and really hurt yourself.
Anyone know why that net is there in the first place like that? I know why the vertical net is there, but the part that this doofus fell to I’m not sure why it’s there.
The most amusing thing to me in the full story about this is the quote by Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the White Sox. Guillen said this.. “I think that’s New York, you know, anything can happen.”. I don’t think Ozzie has much room to talk, as the folks in his stadium run out of the stands and attack people.
AP Wire Story on this:
NEW YORK – A fan plunged from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium onto the screen behind home plate during Tuesday night’s game between New York and the Chicago White Sox and was taken to a hospital.
The game was delayed for four minutes in the eighth inning after 18-year-old Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y., plummeted about 40 feet onto the large net. After the final out, he was carried from the ballpark on a stretcher, his head immobilized in a neck brace, and taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where he was in stable condition at early Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Jill Brooker said.
Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight – and then he jumped, police said.
“The next thing you know, you don’t see him anymore. You saw him on the net,” said 18-year-old Mike Spadafino, one of Harper’s friends.
Police arrested Harper on charges of disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. He was awaiting arraignment Wednesday in Bronx Criminal Court, according to Michelle Medley of the Bronx district attorney’s office. However, the DA had not immediately determined the specific charges in the criminal complaint against Harper, Medley said.
Obviously scared and shaken after he landed, Harper sat with his head in his hands for a few moments before climbing on the net back up to the middle level of seats as players watched and the crowd roared.
“That was the only exciting thing that happened today,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said after Chicago’s 2-1 victory.
Harper then was hoisted over the railing and led away by security.
“People think we threw him off, but we’re all best friends, so I don’t think that would ever happen,” said 20-year-old Giusseppe Tripi, another one of Harper’s friends.
“They claimed we were saying, `Sit or jump, sit or jump,'” Spadafino said. “It was everyone in there, in the basic area.”
It was the second time in five years a fan dropped from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium. In May 2000, 24-year-old Stephen Laurenzi of Yonkers, N.Y., was unconscious for a short time while sprawled on the net as a game between Boston and New York went on. He also was arrested and taken to a hospital for observation.
“I was hoping I wouldn’t see that again,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “You could break your neck.”
In 1997 and 1998, there was only a high backstop behind the plate and no netting extending to the stands.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I think that’s New York, you know, anything can happen.”