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Friday, June 22, 2012

New Jersey woman hit with ball sues Little League player

A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.

[Elizabeth]Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in bullpen when she was hit with the ball.

Catcher Matthew Migliaccio was 11 years old at the time and was warming up a pitcher.

Anthony Pagano, a lawyer for the Migliaccios, said the lawsuit is frivolous and without merit.

“I just think that it’s disgusting that you have people suing an 11-year-old kid for overthrowing his pitcher in the bullpen,” Pagano said.

[The catcher’s father] said if his son had been horsing around, he would feel differently. But Matthew was doing what his coaches told him to do, he said, and noted Little League players aren’t always accurate in their throws.

“It’s absurd to expect every 11-year-old to throw the ball on target,” Migliaccio said.

Downtown Bookie Posted: June 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: June 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM (#4164168)
It's gonna be EPIC!
   2. you mess with the meat you get the wada Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4164170)
Theres a reason the kid was warmi.g up pitchers and not playing. That woman is a sad sad person
   3. McCoy Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4164175)
This is the best part.

They've demanded a jury trial.

Either Migliaccio is black and lives in a really racist town or the Lloyd's attorney is just milking this for some fees.
   4. you mess with the meat you get the wada Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:25 AM (#4164176)
Just wait until he puts on the catchers mitt and it does not fit.
   5. Dale H. Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM (#4164178)
$150,000. Did she have to have a face transplant or something?
   6. Bob Tufts Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM (#4164182)
The lawsuit filed April 24 alleges Migliaccio's errant throw was intentional and reckless...


The kid had the ability to intentionally hit a woman at a picnic table but not start for a Little League team and hit the cutoff man?
   7. Into the Void Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM (#4164187)
If he can't pay the $150,000 I don't think 11 years old is too young for this kid to spend a couple of years behind bars to think about what he's done.
   8. Dale H. Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM (#4164188)
"What are you in for?"

"I can't throw for ####."
   9. Benji Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM (#4164190)
I'm lucky I grew up in a less litiglious time. I was on the second best team in our league and the best hitter we had. The best team's catcher's mom used to bring a lawn chair to the games and sit about 5 feet from the third base line (why the umpires allowed it I'll never know) and spend the whole game heckling us. Late in the game we were pretty far behind and I had just about enough of her. I deliberately stood back in the box and stepped in the bucket. Second pitch, line foul off her shoulder and then the arm rest. Flipped the chair and knocked her flat on her ass. Even her son laughed.
   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM (#4164193)
SORRY MRS. WHEELWRIGHT.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:43 AM (#4164197)
I deliberately stood back in the box and stepped in the bucket. Second pitch, line foul off her shoulder and then the arm rest.

What's the statute of limitations on attempted murder?
   12. Benji Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:52 AM (#4164199)
This was 1968. Twenty years later I was delivering mail on her street and she came out on the porch. She said "I remember you. I really got under your skin didn't I?". She thought she had done her job, distracting me. She was strange.
   13. Guapo Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:33 AM (#4164206)
I'm going to adapt your story into a pornographic screenplay.
   14. Benji Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:59 AM (#4164209)
We can send it to Sandusky to cheer him up. I was 11.
   15. Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 04:18 AM (#4164211)
MAUDE: You can imagine what happens next.
DUDE: He delivers the mail?
   16. zachtoma Posted: June 23, 2012 at 05:10 AM (#4164216)
I'm lucky I grew up in a less litiglious time. I was on the second best team in our league and the best hitter we had. The best team's catcher's mom used to bring a lawn chair to the games and sit about 5 feet from the third base line (why the umpires allowed it I'll never know) and spend the whole game heckling us. Late in the game we were pretty far behind and I had just about enough of her. I deliberately stood back in the box and stepped in the bucket. Second pitch, line foul off her shoulder and then the arm rest. Flipped the chair and knocked her flat on her ass. Even her son laughed.


In the book The Natural, Roy Hobbs spends his final at-bat in the World Series trying to do this to an annoying woman in the stands. Consequently, I can't recommend the book enough - it's exactly as dark and cynical as the movie is cloying and cliched.
   17. Morty Causa Posted: June 23, 2012 at 07:22 AM (#4164223)
Isn't there a Ted Williams story about a guy sitting behind first base who had been heckling for some time? Williams unleashes a flurry of fouls in his direction that sends the guy fleeing, the story goes.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 23, 2012 at 08:01 AM (#4164224)
I'm lucky I grew up in a less litigious time. I was on the second best team in our league and the best hitter we had. The best team's catcher's mom used to bring a lawn chair to the games and sit about 5 feet from the third base line (why the umpires allowed it I'll never know) and spend the whole game heckling us. Late in the game we were pretty far behind and I had just about enough of her. I deliberately stood back in the box and stepped in the bucket. Second pitch, line foul off her shoulder and then the arm rest. Flipped the chair and knocked her flat on her ass. Even her son laughed.

That sounds like a story from the Kingdom of Apocrypha, but it's still a good one.

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Isn't there a Ted Williams story about a guy sitting behind first base who had been heckling for some time? Williams unleashes a flurry of fouls in his direction that sends the guy fleeing, the story goes.

That one gets better every time it's repeated, but I've never seen anyone actually run a tracer on it. OTOH a guaranteed true story is the time that Williams flipped a bat into the stands and accidentally beaned Joe Cronin's housekeeper.
   19. DL from MN Posted: June 23, 2012 at 08:13 AM (#4164226)
Denard Span fouled a ball off his mom but I'm pretty sure it wasn't intentional.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100331&content_id=9026878&vkey=news_mlb&fext;=.jsp&c_id=mlb
   20. Morty Causa Posted: June 23, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4164232)
That one gets better every time it's repeated, but I've never seen anyone actually run a tracer on it. OTOH a guaranteed true story is the time that Williams flipped a bat into the stands and accidentally beaned Joe Cronin's housekeeper.


Williams goes into that incident in some detail in his autobiography.
   21. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4164261)
Of course there's the Richie Ashburn story of hitting the lady being carried off on a stretcher, after having been hit earlier in the AB by another Ashburn foul.
   22. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4164265)
This seems to be the New Jersey article that started the media blitz on this. There's a picture about halfway down that shows the bullpen and picnic table:

Scene of the Crime



   23. UCCF Posted: June 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4164269)
If he can't pay the $150,000 I don't think 11 years old is too young for this kid to spend a couple of years behind bars to think about what he's done.

He was clearly threatening her. Under Stand Your Ground, she should have shot the little SOB.
   24. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: June 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4164284)
Either Migliaccio is black

I'm from Jersey, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.
   25. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4164318)
I'm from Earth, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.
   26. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4164324)
Isn't there a Ted Williams story about a guy sitting behind first base who had been heckling for some time? Williams unleashes a flurry of fouls in his direction that sends the guy fleeing, the story goes.

I did something like this at a softball game once: cars parked just on the other side of the 1b line, with a VERY high fence in between. I asked one of my teammates which one was his car, said something like "It's in my range." Then, sure enough, my first time up I hit a high looping foul right onto his car roof. No damage, but he freaked out; to this day he parks a full block away from all our games Just In Case.
   27. Swedish Chef Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4164325)

I'm from Earth, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.


Judging by your posts I thought you were from Earth-2.
   28. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4164328)
Elizabeth Lloyd seems to be an extremely litigious person who apparently is unfamiliar with the concept of assumption of risk. I doubt her husband's loss of consortium claim is worth much either.
   29. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4164329)
Can't say I'm sold on that particular joke [EDIT: #27] meriting an out of the blue personal attack.

In my league, NOBODY parks in the row of spots the other side of the fence on the third base line. Nobody stands outside the first base dugout during infield warmups, either. And we're all adults.
   30. Swedish Chef Posted: June 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4164332)

Can't say I'm sold on that particular joke [EDIT: #27] meriting an out of the blue personal attack.


It's not meant as a personal attack, it's just a lame joke based on gef's interest in comics, a personal attack would presumably involve far weirder parallel worlds. So, don't take it the wrong way, no harm intented.
   31. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4164336)
I'm from Earth, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.

Maybe not from Earth, but maybe if you were from Philladelphia....
   32. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: June 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4164350)
I left the door ajar for a potential Khalil Greene fake-out. But I followed the link in #22 (a course, by the way, that I don't recommend; too much crap to click through), and although he's darker-skinned, he's clearly not black.
   33. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4164356)
Why does no one remember Al Giardello? He was head of homicide!
   34. Randy Jones Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4164365)
I'm from Jersey, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.

I'm from Earth, and I'd gamble that a kid with that last name is not black at all.


Not soccer fans, I take it? Mario Balotelli
   35. mex4173 Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4164403)
It's not meant as a personal attack, it's just a lame joke based on gef's interest in comics, a personal attack would presumably involve far weirder parallel worlds. So, don't take it the wrong way, no harm intented.


Earth-10 would be a good place to start (Nazis won the War with Kryptonian technology).
   36. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4164446)
When I was a kid, one of the guys on our team hooked one really foul and it went through the open sun roof on a car driving past the field. Poor guy nearly drove right into a telephone pole.
   37. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: June 23, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4164457)
I'm lucky I grew up in a less litiglious time. I was on the second best team in our league and the best hitter we had. The best team's catcher's mom used to bring a lawn chair to the games and sit about 5 feet from the third base line (why the umpires allowed it I'll never know) and spend the whole game heckling us. Late in the game we were pretty far behind and I had just about enough of her. I deliberately stood back in the box and stepped in the bucket. Second pitch, line foul off her shoulder and then the arm rest. Flipped the chair and knocked her flat on her ass. Even her son laughed.
I'm torn between wanting, and not wanting, people to confuse me with the other BBTF Benji. Mostly the former though. :)
   38. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4164502)
It's not meant as a personal attack, it's just a lame joke based on gef's interest in comics, a personal attack would presumably involve far weirder parallel worlds. So, don't take it the wrong way, no harm intented.


Definitely -- I got the joke immediately (& didn't find it at all lame, either, btw). Actually, considering my fondness for the JSA (far more than for the JLA), I should probably take it as a very high compliment. (FWIW, a friend of mine on Comic Book Resources' Classic Comics Forum is probably the world's leading expert on Earth-2; if not, he's certainly in the top 2 or 3. That & a $5 bill, of course, will get him a frappucino at Starbucks.)

Earth-10 would be a good place to start (Nazis won the War with Kryptonian technology).


Me am not prefer Bizarro World.
   39. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: June 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4164533)
I doubt her husband's loss of consortium claim is worth much either.

I'd like pictures before I decide.

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