CHICAGO, IL - Fan interaction is nothing new in the South Side of Chicago during White Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field. There have been several occasions when fans (usually intoxicated) have decided to take part in the on-field activities. Recent events include, but are not limited to:
- Disco Demolition Night in July of 1979
- Attack on Tom Gamboa of the Kansas City Royals in September of 2002
- Attemted attack of Umpire Laz Diaz in April of 2003
Unfortunately there is another incident to add to the list. Last night, following the 7-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians, a disgruntled and somewhat inebriated Indians fan stormed the field when hitting coach, Derek Shelton, emerged from the dugout. The fan jumped the wall on the first base side of the field and took off after Shelton screaming "How 'bout a hitting lesson you inept piece of s#@%!"
Indians Manager Eric Wedge stood idly by while Shelton’s life was in danger, stating afterward “I find it is best to sit back and not get involved, these things usually work themselves out in the end. That's been my approach from day one.”
Thankfully for Shelton, White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen was unwilling to allow this attack to ensue. Guillen quickly grabbed A.J. Pierzynski, his enforcer, and they ran to Shelton’s defense quickly subduing the thug. During the post game interview Guillen expressed, “Have you noticed how pathetic their offense is? We have a plan to win this division this year, and part of that plan includes the Indians believing their slump will magically correct itself. We don’t want them doing anything about it until it is too late.”
During a press conference early this morning, the police informed the media that the Tribe fan disclosed to them that he got the idea from reading the comments posted on The DiaTribe, a popular Indians blog. Police further explained how their investigation led them to the authors of those comments, but the authors denied any wrongdoing and claimed they did not know the hooligan.
However, digging a little deeper, LFL has discovered that some of the serial posters of the blog have started a charity drive to help cover the fan’s legal fees. A conversation with the individual heading up the campaign explained to us that they have had an overwhelming response and have already raised $30. He also expressed that while they don’t endorse the actions, they are worried about the fan’s likelihood of receiving a fair trial in Chicago.