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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Newsday: Falling body sends Met fan to DL

These gonzo acts for Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel are getting out of hand!

Ellen Massey always counted being struck by a baseball or a bat at Shea Stadium among the hazards of being a Mets fan, but she never thought a 300-pound man would come crashing down the stands—and onto her.

That’s what the Manhattan resident, 58, said happened on Monday, Opening Day at Shea.

Shortly after the seventh-inning stretch, she said, a man dressed in a green Army-type jacket tumbled from higher seats and onto her back, knocking the wind out of her and, ultimately, causing serious injury.

“I only know he came flying,” Massey, 58, said Wednesday from her bed in Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. “I was literally not able to breathe for about half-a-minute or so. The first thing I was aware of was not being able to breathe, and then when I was able to breathe I was aware of the pain in my lower back.”

Repoz Posted: April 12, 2007 at 04:40 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Red Menace Posted: April 12, 2007 at 05:19 AM (#2333155)
Anyone else picturing the climax from Naked Gun?
   2. Raskolnikov Posted: April 12, 2007 at 05:27 AM (#2333159)
That's strange. Shea is in Queens, why did they send her to Jacobi all the way in the Upper Bronx?
   3. McCoy Posted: April 12, 2007 at 05:29 AM (#2333161)
I think you put those words together on purpose and not because you wanted to talk about Reggie Jackson.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 12, 2007 at 05:32 AM (#2333162)
It ain't over until the fat guy falls out of the next deck.
   5. J. Cross Posted: April 12, 2007 at 05:50 AM (#2333166)
"Rubens said he couldn't make out distinguishing features of the man...

..."I didn't expect a 300-pound human missile to hit me in the back."
   6. Urban Faber Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:04 AM (#2333171)
He should have his chili dog taken away.
   7. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:18 AM (#2333175)
That's strange. Shea is in Queens, why did they send her to Jacobi all the way in the Upper Bronx?

It's only like a 10 minute trip.
   8. NTNgod Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:32 AM (#2333176)
It ain't over until the fat guy falls out of the next deck.

Judging from the picture of Massey shown in the article, there was a LOT of total poundage involved in that collision...
   9. Rich Rifkin I Posted: April 12, 2007 at 07:03 AM (#2333182)
Shortly after the seventh-inning stretch, she said, a man dressed in a green Army-type jacket tumbled from higher seats and onto her back, knocking the wind out of her and, ultimately, causing serious injury.
I read the whole story and I still don't get what happened. Did the fat man fall from the next deck up over a railing and land on this woman? Or was he just walking down the aisle, tripped, and his gerth landed on the woman? Or were they shooting hot dogs out of a cannon, fatso was in the row behind his victim, and the lure of a free hot dog caused him to dive onto this woman's back?

I first thought it said that he fell from the higher deck. But "tumbled from higher seats" could just mean from a few rows back, no? I would think that if fatty really fell from a higher level, he would have either killed her or killed himself from the fall. But the story says that he just left the scene, and no one knows who he was.
   10. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 12, 2007 at 07:11 AM (#2333183)
All I want to know is if David Wells has an alibi.
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: April 12, 2007 at 08:12 AM (#2333191)
This wouldn't have happened if Bud Selig were commissioner.
   12. Lassus Posted: April 12, 2007 at 08:35 AM (#2333192)
How on earth did Repoz not reference Edith Massey for this one?

Because it wasn't an Orioles game?
   13. Guy LeDouche Posted: April 12, 2007 at 08:44 AM (#2333194)
The opening day ceremony honouring Mo Vaughn didn't go too well, huh?
   14. Hot Wheeling American Posted: April 12, 2007 at 01:01 PM (#2333222)
But the story says that he just left the scene


He was wearing camouflage, so this part I understand.
   15. JoeHova Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:16 PM (#2333480)
For some reason I'm picturing Ignatius Reilly, though he's far from the type to attend a baseball game (unless he was there selling hot dogs?).
   16. Dr Love Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:37 PM (#2333503)
That might top Brent Sopel hurting his back picking up a cracker for Injury of the Month.
   17. BDC Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:50 PM (#2333518)
I think Sopel was trying to lift John Rocker. In fact, he may have been tossing Rocker out of the upper deck at Shea Stadium, which would tie this all together nicely.
   18. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:55 PM (#2333520)
But the story says that he just left the scene, and no one knows who he was.

He had to get back to his job, rising up out of the centerfield top hat whenever a Met hits a home run.
   19. Brian Posted: April 12, 2007 at 06:55 PM (#2333521)
[iIt's only like a 10 minute trip.]

By helicopter? With no traffic it's 20-25 minutes.

Also, the upper deck at Shea is severely pitched. I've seen people topple over and fall down 3-5 rows and they pick up enough momentum to hurt someone. I was at Yankee Stadium the second game of the year and a totally sober guy fell 4 rows in the upper deck head first. He obviously had a concussion and was basically out on his feet. Ugly.
   20. Every Inge Counts Posted: April 13, 2007 at 12:26 AM (#2333731)
top 3 Americans of the 20th century? I guess it depends on the criteria..great people that helped advance mankind or influential who has changed the face of politics/media/etc.

Most underrated great American:
Fred Shuttlesworth-who in my opinion helped make Martin Luther King and the Birmingham Movement into what it was. He was the man who continually forced King's hand. While King and his handlers attempted to keep King out of prison in Alabama, Shuttlesworth led the way and was perhaps the main frontline leader of the "flood the prisons" plan and the use of the children in the movement (again something King was initially against).


and as far as influential-
George Wallace-who gave voice to the angry white man and really set up the platform for the new right movement (well Goldwater was also a forerunner...) that Nixon smartly borrowed for his '72 campaign.
   21. Every Inge Counts Posted: April 13, 2007 at 12:28 AM (#2333733)
and I posted in the wrong thread...
   22. Every Inge Counts Posted: April 13, 2007 at 12:30 AM (#2333734)
and I posted in the wrong thread...
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 13, 2007 at 01:28 AM (#2333791)
"Newsday: Falling body sends Met fan to DL"

What a coincidence! I've got a rising body that can send ladies to the DL, if you know what I mean (and I think you do!)

Honk honk, nudge nudge, say no more.
   24. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 13, 2007 at 02:09 AM (#2333827)
With no traffic it's 20-25 minutes.


Really? It's been 10 years since I've lived there, but I remember it being a short trip maybe 10-15 minutes.

Mapquest also says 15 minutes...and that's not traveling in an ambulance.

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