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April 14, 2005

By Bye Gary

Is Garry Sheffield headed for a suspension after he swiped at a fan in tonight's game against the Red Sox? Fielding a ball down the line, Sheffield took a shot from the fan and reacted with a shot of his own that fortunately seemed only to catch the fan's beer cup. After he threw the ball back in, Sheffield turned back to the stands, but that was all. He kept his cool. Still, having admitted after the game that he "overreacted," Sheffield seems in for a suspension, possibly lengthy.

Next time, Gary, lie, as in, "Gee, your honor, it was self defense. I was afraid for my safety and pushed back to protect myself." Had he said that - and maybe he still will - he probably could have avoided a suspension since what he did wasn't all that flagrant.

Jon

Posted by Sherard at April 14, 2005 11:16 PM

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Comments

Really? You think he'd be up for a suspension? I thought he was pretty restrained in his reaction, all things considered.

Posted by: Angel at April 14, 2005 11:32 PM

In no way should he be suspended. What did he do? Swipe in self-defense? He didn't hit anyone. Keep the fan out of Fenway, we don't need him; Gary did nothing.

Posted by: Bouge at April 15, 2005 12:47 AM

I thought he was fairly restrained. Especially for being Sheffield. Though I'm fairly certain that fan will get free drinks in RSN for the rest of his life just for having balls big enough to do that =)

Posted by: kat at April 15, 2005 12:50 AM

I immediately expected to read nothing but comments on how the fan punched him in the face and another threw a beer at him just now. If Bud tries to make an example of this a la stern & artest, Shitfield will be suspended, but all things considered he probably shouldn't and won't be. Surprising rationality from a handful of MFY fans on this site tonight...we'll see what's been written by this time tomorrow.

Posted by: The Curse of Big Papi at April 15, 2005 02:00 AM

I think Sheffield's comments after the game could open him up for suspension. I agree that what he did was restrained. Yet if he admits that he didn't act in self defense and instead reacted out of frustration, that could be enough for Selig to suspend him for reaching into the stands to hit a fan, no matter how lightly.

Posted by: Jon at April 15, 2005 04:11 AM

Here's what Sheffield said after the game. It was different than what I was lead to believe. Based on these comments, he may be able to avoid and should avoid a suspension:

I tried to get his hand out of my face so I could continue on with the play. To get punched in the mouth, you don't expect that in a baseball game. . . . It could have been worse if I didn't hold my composure. I almost snapped, but I thought about the consequences.

Posted by: Jon at April 15, 2005 04:16 AM

Well, damn. I fell asleep (thank you, NyQuil) and missed what happened. Recap, anyone?

Posted by: michele at April 15, 2005 05:53 AM

You can watch the whole thing on MLB.com. It's one of the highlight videos. I didn't even think anything about a suspension until I came here, actually. There's no way he should be suspended. Sheesh.

Posted by: Solonor at April 15, 2005 06:18 AM

Selig will natter about a "no tolerance" policy and drop a fine or a suspension on Sheff's head.

Tool: Is there even a remote possibility that you'll toss up a comment this year that doesn't include some third grader in the schoolyard going "nyaah, nyaah!" name changing kid shit?

Posted by: TC at April 15, 2005 08:48 AM

I agree with Torre.. this guy shouldn't even be allowed to walk the streets (dripping with sarcasm)

Posted by: Ric at April 15, 2005 09:31 AM

Kudos to the Red Sox for defending Sheffield. The two "men" (one that hit Sheffield, the other for throwing beer on him) and the two "ladies" (the two that lied about the incident) should be banned from future games. A pox on Francona for going against his team and Sheffield and saying the fan didn't do anything wrong.

Posted by: Jen at April 15, 2005 11:48 AM

nope

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