When Phil Humber of the Astros faced Angels' slugger Albert Pujols Thursday night, a fan in the seats behind home plate in Houston's Minute Maid Park stood up and appeared to hold "either a cigar or a hot dog weiner" and "stood up and dangled it" in full view of the TV cameras (via Ultimate Astros).
I'll pause while we all get the "Beavis and Butthead" type laugher out of our systems.
(Ready? OK, let's proceed)
Anyway, apparently the Astros were not amused in the least and were actually quite upset about this.
“The Houston Astros have no affiliation with the individual involved in the incident in the Diamond Club seating area last night,” Astros vice president and general manager of building operations Marcel Braithwaite said in a statement (via Ultimate Astros). “The individual is not a season ticket holder. The Astros are currently investigating the matter with the proper authorities.”
Well, I'm sure it is pretty aggravating to have this go down on your home turf, but I'm not sure how much legal action the Astros could take. While this is pretty immature, classless, trashy, etc. -- especially to do so in public and on TV, it's not illegal. It's definitely legal to make a fool of one's self in public, and it seems that this is the extent of what happened.
I was actually reminded of Joe Buck's on-air freakout when Randy Moss faked mooning the Green Bay crowd back in the NFL playoffs in January of 2005. While some might call it a "disgusting act," it's definitely not anything the police are going to bother with.
In all, as it comes to the Astros situation, the most that is likely to come of this is the ushers in Minute Maid Park pay much better attention to the fans who sneak down to those seats in future games.