Red Sox yank moron’s tickets
I’m happy to see the Red Sox have revoked the tickets of the guy who took a swing at Sheffield and the other guy who poured beer on him. That’s totally awesome.
Of course, the fan, House, denies any kind of wrongdoing (“It is ridiculous for anyone to even suggest that I punched him or even attempted to,” his statement said. I’d like to be ridiculous for a second and suggest that he either punched Sheffield or took a good shot at it.). As if he’d fess up (“The Red Sox are entirely justified in yanking my tickets, and I am a doofus.”).
I’m not sure if this is going to be some big thing where the fan base splits between support for this poor, victimized fellow and running away from being associated with that kind of behavior. I hope not.
The Red Sox aren’t dumb, and they’re fully aware that this kind of thing could expose them to legal action, all kinds of criticism, and yet they probably also felt like they needed to do something. And while it’s easy for me to watch it replay on Tivo and say “boy, it looks like a swing but it’s not conclusive” I’m sure the Sox spent the last week arguing this and looking at all the footage and photos they could get before making a decision.
I hope this is the start of something, though: if you can’t behave reasonably in seats where your behavior is so important, you don’t get to sit there any more.