The sports media continued to press all involved in last week’s incident between Yankee OF Gary Sheffield and a Red Sox fan, as the Boston Police reversed their previously stated opinion that the incident did not warrant charges. Misdemeanor counts of “disorderly person” and “disturbing a public assembly” still require a judge’s approval before they can be pursued. There was no word on approval at press time, as the judge may have been busy with actual important legal matters.
The fan, as well as another who threw beer at Sheffield as the player was taking a swing at the first fan, had his season tickets revoked by the Red Sox, although he will likely get them back in 2006, the team said. A legal adviser said he will still be allowed to attend games this year, and that he is considering legal action to retain this season’s tickets. The beer-spilling fan, not a season-ticket holder, will not be allowed to buy tickets for the remainder of the season.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he is not considering any action to further curb beer sales at ballparks. “Alcohol routinely gets blamed,” Selig told the New York City Bar Association. “But I think it has more to do with people’s behavior that took the intensity of the rivalry to levels that they shouldn’t have and got carried away.” Selig did not say whether he would consider stopping ESPN from running promotional videos which make it look like the players all hate each other.