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April 16th, 2003, 06:28 AM

Southside shenanigans

Fan attacks unsuspecting umpire; Royals improve to 11-1
Posted: Tuesday April 15, 2003 10:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 16, 2003 3:52 AM
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa had no qualms about coming back to the ballpark where he was pummeled last year.

"Lightning doesn't strike twice," he said before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

It did. And this time it got an umpire.

Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan who came out of the stands in an eerie reminder of what happened near the same spot last season at Comiskey Park.

"I'm physically OK," Diaz said after the Royals won 8-5. "I think you should talk to the other guy and see how he's feeling."

Immediately after Carlos Lee flied out to end Chicago's eighth inning, a man ran on the field and tried to tackle Diaz, wrapping his arms around the first base umpire's legs.

Security and players rushed to the aid of the 40-year-old Diaz, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The fan was quickly taken away and Diaz finished the game.

Chicago Police spokeswoman Officer Alice Casanova said the man, whom she did not identify, was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Chicago for treatment of minor injuries, but the hospital would not confirm that.

Police will determine if he will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony based upon Diaz's injuries, Casanova said.

"When I looked over, there was one of the fans from the stands and I just got him off me," Diaz said. "I just turned around and got him off me. The good hand-to-hand combat they taught me worked."

Several Royals players could be seen kicking and stomping the fan while he was pinned down. When the attacker was put into a police car, his head was wrapped with a white bandage, soaked with blood by the right temple.

It was the first appearance by the Royals in Chicago since Gamboa, then Kansas City's first base coach, was attacked by a father and son who came out of the stands last Sept. 19.

Diaz was standing about 100 feet from where Gamboa was knocked down -- in the ballpark that will get national attention when it hosts the All-Star Game on July 15.

"We spoke about it in the locker room, this is where Tom Gamboa got attacked. We thought nothing was going to happen, but it was full moon out there," Diaz said.

Gamboa is now the Royals' bullpen coach. He said he thought security was tighter for his team's return.

"Oh yeah, the assistant to major league security was at the game tonight. He told me before the game that they had beefed up the security, but the fans will always outnumber the security force, so there is only so much they can do," Gamboa said.

"I think people just have too much to drink," he added.

A night earlier in San Juan, Puerto Rico, two fans ran on the field and unfurled an antiwar banner as security was slow to react. Baseball spoke with local police Tuesday.

Minnesota first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said White Sox fans should be penalized.

"I think they should take the All-Star game away from them, honestly. You can't be having first-base coaches and umpires getting attacked. That's ridiculous," he said after the Twins beat Detroit 6-4.

Kevin Hallinan, baseball's security head, was in San Francisco when he learned of the attack.

"I'm on a 6 a.m. flight tomorrow morning to Chicago, and I'm going to be meeting with all concerned," he said. "I spoke with Diaz and he did say he thought security got out there in a hurry."

Tuesday night's game in Chicago had been delayed three times when fans ran onto the field before being tackled by security guards.

Police spokesman Wayne Frisbie said all three were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to land. He identified them as Jeffrey Adams, 25; Albert Skutnik, 25; and Tom Skutnik, 20, all of Chicago.

"It's sad that it happened, and happened when it did," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "It's unfortunate that it seems to happen when Kansas City comes to town."

In a statement, the White Sox said: "The behavior of four people attending tonight's game was reprehensible and will not be tolerated. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extend the law allows. The actions of four idiots in no way reflects Sox fans or the fans of Chicago."

The 55-year-old Gamboa was injured when he was attacked at Comiskey Park, renamed U.S. Cellular Field before the start of the season. He still has a minor hearing loss in his right ear.

The boy, 15 at the time, was sentenced to five years of probation and also ordered to undergo mandatory counseling and perform 30 hours of community service.

He was arrested along with his father, William Ligue Jr., who initially pleaded innocent to charges of aggravated battery and mob action. The case is still pending.

Kansas City won the game when Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer and Brandon Berger hit a two-run single in the ninth. The Royals raised their record to 11-1.

Albie Lopez (2-0) won and Billy Koch (1-1) lost after blowing the save.

The benches emptied in the first inning when Miguel Asencio hit Chicago's Frank Thomas with a pitch for the second time this season. No punches were thrown.

Thomas homered in the eighth to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead.

Good luck to Chicago. * KC vs. NY rivalry of the late 70's will always be one of the best in baseball history.

April 16th, 2003, 08:46 PM
It's just ridiculous now. Something similar happened last year when two Chicago fans attacked the third base coach. Sad...

Let's go Mets!

April 17th, 2003, 01:39 AM
Lets go Mets!

yeah they suck...

April 17th, 2003, 08:52 AM
Quote: from amigo32 on 5:28 am on April 16, 2003
Good luck to Chicago. * KC vs. NY rivalry of the late 70's will always be one of the best in baseball history.

The Pine Tar Game

April 17th, 2003, 11:54 AM
or the Craig Nettles - George Brett slugfest

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April 21st, 2003, 10:15 PM
Quote: from Stern on 12:39 am on April 17, 2003
Lets go Mets!

yeah they suck...

But they're our suckers.

April 21st, 2003, 10:49 PM
Improving suckers. Well the Mets are all about improvment...

April 21st, 2003, 11:02 PM
Quote: from NYatKNIGHT on 10:54 am on April 17, 2003
or the Craig Nettles - George Brett slugfest

They both had quick hands.

NY-KC rivalry *began in the 60s when Charlie Finley owned the KC A's. He wanted to bring in the right field stands to the dimensions of Yankee Stadium, but the league wouldn't allow it. They were moved in about half way, and Finley put a huge sign up, "One-Half Pennant Porch."

April 23rd, 2003, 02:11 PM
I was at that Sox game. *Turns out the clown was a Cub fan who had attended the matinee at Wrigley, took the train down to the southside, put down a few more Old Styles and decided to tackle the ump, who just so happened to be an ex-Marine.

That was hands down the rowdiest game I've ever been to, but at least the sizable crowd that night booed as hard as they could when the authorities cleared the attacker from the playing field. *We're aware of the bad *reputation being created through such incidents. *99% of Sox fans are loyal and passionate about the game.

April 23rd, 2003, 04:07 PM
and Id say about 99% of Yankee fans just jump on the Yankee bad-wagon...

It takes effort to be a Met fan.

April 23rd, 2003, 06:20 PM
There are no Met fans. Only Yankee fans, and Yankee haters.

April 23rd, 2003, 06:28 PM
You mean, it takes effort to STAY a Met fan.

Most of the Met fans I know jumped on the Met bandwagon in the mid 80s, or early 70s. Who becomes a fan when the team is bad?

I'm proud to say I never jumped on any bandwagon. I had no choice - was born into a Yankees family - THANK GOD!

April 23rd, 2003, 06:38 PM
I'm from the classic NYC baseball family:
Father - Dodger, then Met fan
Mother - Yankee fan

Yet they stayed happily married. Strange.

April 23rd, 2003, 07:43 PM
I would imagine there's a small percentage of people in New York who still to this day follow the Dodgers. *Now that's loyalty.

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April 23rd, 2003, 08:52 PM
Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz is one of them.

January 2nd, 2008, 02:53 PM
Why is everyone so biased against Chicago?

January 2nd, 2008, 02:55 PM
Not really biased against Chicago. It's just team rivalry.

January 2nd, 2008, 08:07 PM
What is this "Chicago" people keep talking about?

Could someone please post a map or something?

January 2nd, 2008, 09:30 PM

January 2nd, 2008, 11:00 PM
^ Well that would explain all the airport flight-path delays.

January 3rd, 2008, 12:13 AM
aha ... so this Chicago is somewhere in Jersey, eh?

(that could explain a lot :cool: )

January 6th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Easy there Lofter ;). Chi fans are diehard and extremely passionate. They just do what every other fan of other teams want to do and that is act out when they get mad or frustrated. Not saying it's a good thing but I got nothing against Chi-town fans at all. Nothing but love except when the Sox play Yanks, Bears play Giants, Bulls play Nets, and Hawks play Devils. All other times it's a love fest. :)

January 6th, 2008, 06:17 PM
I witnessed firsthand a fistfight break out between Bears and Colts fans at a pizzeria about a year ago, right before their playoff meeting. Guess who started it.

January 6th, 2008, 07:48 PM
Da Bearss (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Swerski%27s_Superfans)