Barry Bonds to Blame for Fan's Smashed Face in New York, Lawsuit Argues
|Barry Bonds is blamed for inspiring a trend that led to a fan's face being smashed in New York|
A lawsuit has been filed by erstwhile New York Mets fan James G. Falzon against the Mets, Major League Baseball, and Mets players Luis Castillo and Ramon Castro (now with the Chicago White Sox). It fingers Bonds for popularizing maple wood bats of the sort that shattered and smashed Falzon's face as he sat in Shea Stadium on Aug. 8, 2007. Interestingly, Castillo swung the bat, which was owned by Castro -- hence both men are named as defendants. Also, Falzon lists 20 separate injuries from the incident; this requires an entire paragraph.
Bonds is mentioned right at suit's top of the first inning, so to speak: "Traditionally, Major League Baseball players used bats made of ash. However, in 2001, Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds used bats made of maple. That year Bonds hit 73 home runs" ... "Following Bonds' record breaking 73 home run season, the use of maple bats began a steady rise among Major League Baseball players."
|James G. Falzon claimed more than 20 separate injuries after being hit in the face with a shattered bat at a Mets game|
Falzon's suit claims "the defendant Mets and defendants Castillo and Castro are are jointly and severally liable for all of plaintiff's damages ... by reason of the fact defendant Mets are vicariously liable for negligent acts and omissions of defendants' employees, servants, agents, and/or subcontractors by the doctrine of respondeat superior..."
Throughout 20 pages of legal text about as monotonous as the Mets' 2010 season, Falzon's attorney takes longer than former Met Rickey Henderson in the batter's box to claim the following: The league, the Mets, Castillo, and Castro are all on the hook because they knew about the dangers posed by exploding maple bats and did nothing to protect James G. Falzon sitting in Shea Stadium field box 28 A.
The family claims it has been damaged "in a sum exceeding the jurisdictional limits of all lower courts." In other words -- it'll take more than a renewed offer of box seats to settle this one.
H/T | Courthouse News
Coda: An eagle-eyed reader points out something we wish we'd noticed earlier -- the Mets are described in this suit as the "New York Metroploitan Baseball Club, Inc." Ouch. It doesn't hurt as much as what the plaintiff went through, but that's a painful typo.
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