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A laser pointer can be hazardous to a ballplayer's health, but some fans don't get it

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In July 2009, all of America saw some Philadelphia Phillies fan shine a red laser pointer in the faces of St. Louis' Skip Schumaker and Julio Lugo. The umpires tried to find the perp, but the Philadelphia faithful protected one of their own, allowing him to escape.

12 years later, another red light disrupted a game between Boston and the Yankees. What was not clear was whether or not the perp in this case was caught.

Last night, some drunken moron shined his light on Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz AND Dodgers 1st baseman Max Muncy, prompting a stoppage of play. Once again, the scum escaped. Diaz K'd Muncy to end the frame, but Los Angeles recovered and won the game in the 10th inning.

I've also read of how a laser pointer factored into an NFL game involving the Detroit Lions and, I believe, Buffalo, a few years ago. The fan in that game was caught, and banned from returning to the stadium.

So why are these clowns doing this?

In some cases, you've got home fans trying to give their team an added, albeit illegal, advantage. You are risking the player's vision by shining the light in his eyes. Muncy's quick reaction prevented further trouble, and I'll give him his props for that. That both Muncy & Diaz were targeted says the fan was definitely inebriated and a bit confused, as he targeted Diaz first, then Muncy.

Now, I don't know if they were checking for laser pointers tonight at Citi Field, but they should. For the rest of the season. Next time, it could get worse if nothing is done to stop it.


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