Not to diminish the suffering of the woman described below, but at least she wasn’t forced to watch Oliver Perez walk 7 Phillies in less than 3 innings. From Newsday’s Zachary Dowdy (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory).
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.”
I’m pretty sure the culprit was not the gentleman above. For one thing, he’s not wearing a green jacket.