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Old 04-19-2003, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Everett hit in head by fan's cell phone

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Texas right fielder Carl Everett was hit in the back of the head with a cell phone thrown by a fan in the Rangers' 12-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

The male fan was arrested, according to A's spokesman Jim Young, and Everett said he planned to press charges. Everett was discussing it with an Oakland police officer after the game in the clubhouse.

"Luckily I was wearing a hat,'' Everett said. ``If it wasn't for the hat, I'd be cut back there. That fan should be ashamed of himself.''

Everett was hit four days after umpire Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan at U.S. Cellular field in Chicago during a White Sox-Royals game.

"This is always happening in major league baseball and maybe now they'll do something about it,'' Everett said. "I'm going to be pressing charges. Fans pointed him out and they arrested him. It's just ignorance and alcohol and probably too much of both. That's what causes this.''

An officer answering at the Oakland Police Department patrol desk said he had no information on the arrest.

Everett complained to umpires before the start of the sixth inning that he had been hit.

"I tossed it over the fence,'' Everett said of the phone. ``We are all going to be heckled in this game. That's part of it. But it's wrong to throw stuff.''

Security was beefed up in the area, and Oakland's Terrence Long picked something up and threw it back into the stands when he got out there in the sixth.

"We have great fans here and there's no room for fans to throw things on the field,'' A's manager Ken Macha said. ``When I saw what was happening, I immediately pointed out our head of security to the home plate umpire.''

Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki has been hit by coins tossed by Oakland fans. Suzuki said he once collected 55 cents.

"That's got to stop,'' Texas' Rafael Palmeiro said. ``When is this thing going to end? Someone is going to get hurt. It's dangerous to go out on the field and play baseball. We're all isolated out there. We're on an island by ourselves.''

Rangers manager Buck Showalter said there's only so much security can do to control fans.

"At some point, the people themselves have to change,'' Showalter said. ``It's lucky he didn't get hurt any more. I would have reacted very similar.''

On Wednesday, Sandy Alderson, a vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office, said baseball is fed up with fan violence and will do everything in its power to eliminate the problem.

"We will spare no expenses,'' Alderson said.

"We will do whatever is necessary to maximize the consequences for those individuals who intrude on the field or assault or make any attempt to interact with umpires, players or coaches or fans in the stands.''

A call to Alderson was not immediately returned Saturday night.
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Old 04-20-2003, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I read the same article.....When are fans going to stop? It seems like everyday things just get worse. It would really be a shame if somebody like this were to hurt one of the players and throw the whole season into limbo.
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Old 04-20-2003, 04:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Stupid fans. At least if someone had to get beaned, it was someone not excactly known as an upstanding member of the baseball community. Everett is an asshole.
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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damn, thats a pretty expensive missile they used. you'd think they'd have thrown something cheaper...

we had an epidemic of golf ball chucking at the cricket over here a few years ago.
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Old 04-20-2003, 07:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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so stupid and ridiculous. People like that should be banned from all pro sports events for ever.
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Old 04-20-2003, 12:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Whats it going to take for the MLB to do something about these idiots. It hurts us fans who just want to watch a ball game.
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Old 04-21-2003, 08:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Stupid fans. At least if someone had to get beaned, it was someone not excactly known as an upstanding member of the baseball community. Everett is an asshole.
He is indeed a jerk. He also doesn't believe humans have landed on the moon and feels pretty strongly that dinosaurs did not exist. Maybe the blow to the head will help, not that I am condoning such a thing.

I'm glad he's not an Astro anymore although in the world of Nintendo All-Star Baseball he was a pretty good switch hitter.
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The fans that are doing this are obviously not too bright and I'm sure alchohol is involved in most, if not all cases.....BUT....


Think for a second about throwing something from the second deck and having the accuracy that this guy did! I'm not defending the act and I'm glad nobody was seriously injured, but that's a nice toss.

Okay, now we can go back to being upset about it.
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i heard that this guy was drunk?

i also heard, when everett threw the cell phone back over, it hit an A's employee worker guy
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Old 04-23-2003, 10:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If this kind of shit dosen't stop we wont be able to have a beer at any sporting event.
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I would have personally taken that cell phone tossed it up and smacked the shit out of it with my bat!! Make a homer with that thing. Plain disrespect I say even if the guy is an asshole.
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Old 04-25-2003, 09:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Throw the f*ckin' book at the fan. This is getting ridiculous. Before you know it all playing fields will be protected by some type of barrier, thereby ruining the view for the true sports fan because of a few idiots.
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Old 04-25-2003, 10:03 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Chicago man charged for allegedly throwing cell phone at Wrigley

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

Julio Alvarado, who was at the game with a friend, became annoyed with his companion's cell phone and threw it in the direction of third base at the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, Chicago Police spokeswoman Officer Alice Casanova said.

Alvarado, of Chicago, told police he didn't intend to hit anyone, Casanova said.

But San Diego Padres third basemen Sean Burroughs said the phone hit him in the right foot.

"It shocked me,'' Burroughs said after the game. "It could have been worse, it could have hit me in the head.''

"I was a little surprised to see an object come on the field. That's uncalled for.''

Alcohol contributed to Alvarado's behavior, Casanova said.

"It's not an excuse, but it certainly was a contributing factor. Nevertheless, it's still reckless conduct,'' she said.

Burroughs said it "barely hit me.'' He said he then picked it up and handed it to one of the umpires.

Five days earlier, Texas Rangers right fielder Carl Everett was beaned in the back of the head with a cell phone in Oakland.

On April 15, a fan ran on the field at U.S. Cellular Field and attempted to tackle an umpire during a game between the White Sox and visiting Kansas City. Last Sept. 19, Kansas City coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by a father and son who came out of the stands at the same stadium, then called Comiskey Park.

Alvarado is scheduled to appear in court May 29.
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