We've all seen it before. A team is getting blown out, so they vent some frustration by hitting a batter on the opposing team with a pitch. I'm not saying it's the right thing to do (it's certainly not), but it happens.
What we never see is a fan rushing out of the stands to confront the pitcher immediately after he hits someone on the home team. That's what happened on Sunday night, in a game between the Double-A Midland RockHounds (Athletics) and Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros). RockHounds reliever Blake Hassebrock plunked Hooks first baseman Telvin Nash with his team down 9-0 in the fifth inning, then this happened:
You will be surprised to learn that, according to Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, alcohol was involved. The fan, an unidentified 35-year old Houston man, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and criminal trespass at a sporting event.
“I saw (the fan) out of the corner of my eye and I honestly thought it was someone from their dugout, like a trainer, going to see Nash,” Hassebrock said. “Then I realized when he was halfway between the (foul) line and the mound, that he was a fan. My first thought was I just hoped he didn't have a gun or something weird. If he's crazy enough to be on the field, who knows what he had on him. By the time he got to me, he stopped and it looked like he came to and regretted being out there in the first place. We didn't (make contact).
“This was something out of ‘Eastbound and Down.' (What he said) was pretty much inaudible, drunken gibberish. (There was) a couple of f-bombs and some slurring. I'm pretty sure he was upset I hit Nash.“
The most amazing thing about the video is the utter lack of security -- the fan was escorted off the field by Hooks hitting coach Tim Garland. Was there not one cop or security guard in the entire park? Geez.
The Hooks went on to win the game 14-1.
(Video via RockHounds outfielder Jeremy Barfield)