July 1, 2008
While the Royals & Cardinals interleague series will never be confused with the itensity of the Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox series, the relatively boring and docile fan bases got into enough this past weekend that it actually made the news.
Royals director of event operations Chris Richardson tells me that during the three-game weekend series, there were three arrests made for assault as well as 10 fan ejections for disorderly conduct.
I really can’t believe that this was seriously reported in the Kansas City Star newspaper. Go to a football game in Philadelphia, and there will be that many arrests and ejections within the first 5 minutes of you arriving to the stadium. These Midwestern people are just too nice I’m assuming, which is how this made the news. Boring sure, but nice people. I’m sure the 3 who were arrested were slapping way too out of control for the 90 year old usher to break it up.
3 arrests, 10 ejections at Royals/Cards weekend series [KC Star]
June 30, 2008
Manny Ramirez, the aloof leftfielder for the Boston Red Sox, got a little shove happy with the Boston Red Sox traveling secretary on Saturday. The leftfielder, who is suddenly developing a penchant for fighting recently, threw down Jack McCormick to the ground over, get this, tickets.
Ramirez had asked McCormick for 16 tickets for Saturday night’s Red Sox-Astros game, an unusually high number for day-of-game. In addition to handling all travel details for clubs, traveling secretaries also take player ticket requests for both home and away games.
When McCormick cautioned Ramirez that he might not be able to fulfill his request, Ramirez responded by shouting: “Just do your job!”
An argument insued and Ramirez pushed McCormick, sending him to the ground.
The prima donna leftfielder apologized for the incident, and the Red Sox seem satisfied enough with Manny’s apology to not punish him whatsoever. Who has to be thrown down by Manny Ramirez to warrant a suspension? Are traveling secretary’s that disrespected that any player can just manhandle them over ticket requests? Who is looking out for the traveling secretaries? Is it because of this former assistant to the traveling secretary that traveling secretaries are treated so badly?