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As a Red Sox fan, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has officially gone too far.
The Boston Herald reported on Tuesday that a Yankees fan successfully sued a Red Sox fan for a hand injury he sustained while punching the man in the face. That’s right, Gloucester, MA native David Sanborn was ordered by a California jury to pay $25,297 ($15,297 for medical costs and $10,000 punitive damages) to Yanks fan Mario Melendez after his role in a 2006 bar fight.
The fight started at Grand Avenue Bar & Grill in Carlsbad, CA. Melendez was there cheering on the Yankees vs. Indians and Sanborn the Sox vs. Tampa Bay. Reportedly, Melendez stood up to cheer when Jason Giambi hit a home run and Sanborn told him to “sit [his] fat ass down”.
The fight escalated until Melendez punched Sanborn “in self-defense” after the 6’1″ man lifted him in the air. He claims he “thought [Sanborn] was going to body slam [him], so [he] punched him in the mouth and… broke his teeth.” Since he’s a professional bongo player who depends on his hands to make a living, he decided to sue after going to the doctor and realizing the severity of his injury.
Sanborn calls the situation “ridiculous” and says that “It just goes to show what a Yankees fan is like. They’re greedy.”
My take: There’s so many things wrong with this story that I don’t even know where to start. First of all, this Sox fan is an embarrassment to The Nation. He says that he was raised to hate Yankees fans and while he admits the fight was stupid he says that “no one wants to hear a Yankees fan cheering.” OK, I can agree that some Yankees fans can be annoying, but to hate them and generalize them all as greedy is a bit much. Also, he must be pretty dumb not to countersue. The last time I checked, fixing teeth is a lot more expensive than putting ice on a bruised hand. With the right lawyer he probably could have made bank.
As for the Yankees fan, what a sissy! Well, that’s not exactly the word I was thinking of, so add whatever you deem appropriate. Boo hoo, you hurt your hand. Perhaps that will encourage you to get a real job. I didn’t realize you could make a living playing the bongos!
Lastly, I hope my fate never rests in this jury’s hands. Also, if I ever am on trial I’m going to make sure I have Mario’s lawyer. Let’s just make sure Ivonne Hernandez doesn’t get the same idea.