Sports and my thoughts

Monday, April 18, 2005

Redsox revoke tickets

I think the Redsox did the right thing here, revoking the fan who hit Sheffield season tickets.

The spectator who interfered with New York Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield had his season tickets for 2005 revoked Monday by the Boston Red Sox.

A fan who spilled beer on Sheffield was prohibited from buying tickets for the rest of the season.

"That just proves I wasn't in the wrong, and that's what this is all about," Sheffield said in New York. "Yeah, you try to represent the game the right way, but then being told you're in the wrong for reacting to something you didn't start, that's kind of disturbing. That just makes me feel like it's a hypocritical society."

The resolution announced by the Red Sox does not ban the men from Fenway Park this year and leaves it up to the club to decide whether the season ticket holder, Chris House, will get those tickets reinstated for 2006.

"We selected a course of action that we thought was appropriate and enforceable," club spokesman Glenn Geffner said.

House, in a statement issued through his lawyer, David T. Norton, said he had "no intention" of striking Sheffield and that he does not believe he made contact with the outfielder.

"It is ridiculous for anyone to even suggest that I punched him or even attempted to," House said, describing himself as a 12-year season ticket holder.

"I was shocked and disappointed by his [Sheffield's] reaction, and I thank Red Sox security and Boston Police for quickly coming to my assistance."

New York manager Joe Torre was pleased with the decision, as was owner George Steinbrenner.

"We applaud the Red Sox for decisively dealing with this matter," Steinbrenner said in a statement issued through spokesman Howard Rubenstein.

Now what is going to happen to Sheffield?

While police continue their investigation into the confrontation between Gary Sheffield and a Boston fan, the New York Yankees outfielder is set to meet with baseball's disciplinarian, according to various media reports.

Rufus Williams, Sheffield's agent and business manager, said the slugger will meet with Bob Watson on Monday or Tuesday, The New York Times reported Monday.

"I think there should be a review of what took place, and an understanding of what he did," Williams told the newspaper. "In fact, he did not make worse a situation that could have been really bad. I don't even think a slap on the wrist is necessary. Gary clearly demonstrated he understands what the rules are and what the implications are as well."

The confrontation between Sheffield and fan Christopher House occurred during the eighth inning of Boston's 8-5 win over New York on Thursday at Fenway Park.

Sheffield was chasing down Jason Varitek's two-run triple in the right-field corner when House reached over the wall and appeared to make contact with the player.

Sheffield, who said he was hit in the face, shoved House before he threw the ball back to the infield. Sheffield turned and moved toward House, but a security guard intervened before the confrontation could escalate. House was ejected from Fenway, but not arrested.

Another fan, who apparently tossed beer in Sheffield's direction, was questioned by team officials and ejected from the ballpark, said Red Sox spokesman Glenn Geffner.

"We're confident the process will move quickly," Williams told the Daily News for Monday's editions. "Until it's over, Gary will just worry about playing."


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