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In a Coward's Light

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The Philadelphia Phillies had just taken the lead vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on back to back homers by Jimmy Rollins & Shane Victorino. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park is understandably delirious. So why would at least one, maybe two, of those fans resort to a low, cowardly act when the Cardinals were at bat?

In the top of the 7th, newly acquired St. Louis shortstop Julio Lugo had green laser light dancing around the upper part of his uniform shirt. Lugo ultimately struck out. Superstar slugger Albert Pujols, who leads the majors in homers, was up next, and as soon as the green lights bounced around his face, ump Jim Wolf stopped the game. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, neither Wolf nor stadium security could find the coward responsible. The home fans didn't exactly hand him up, either.

I flipped over to the Mets-Astros game during the home 7th, so I missed out on more laser madness. According to Yahoo! Sports' account, a red laser was pointed at the Cards' Skip Schumaker, among others, in the top of the 8th. Not that any of this garbage had a bearing on the game, though. Philadelphia had already wrapped that up with 6 in the 7th to win 14-6. The laser cowards, however, escaped unscathed and undetected. All that does is it gives the notoriously cranky Philadelphia fans a bad reputation that they actually don't deserve. A cowardly, probably drunken, fan wielding a multi-colored laser pointer, using said weapon to distract opposing hitters, having no idea that he could conceivably do irreparable harm to his targets, will prompt copycats at other stadiums while the Phils are on the road. And that, really, is the last thing the Phillies need. It's one thing to represent a city whose fans are nutty enough to boo a cherished icon such as Santa Claus, but to have those same fans harbor and shield an irresponsible punk who had no respect for the players on the opposing team, is just casting those fans in a worse light. It's wrong, it's dangerous, and potentially lethal. It's time this jerk came forward and apologized. There are going to be people his age waiting for the Phillies in St. Louis should the two teams meet in the playoffs with the same weapons. The team needs to weed this clown out before he does something like this again, especially to a division rival within range of the lead, such as Atlanta or Florida. If they don't, and there's a worse incident, the Phillies are going to look even more like villains, and for the wrong reason.


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