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Fight outside Wrigley leaves 3 in hospital

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3 in hospital after brawl near ballpark


May 23, 2005


Three people -- including a 26-year-old off-duty Chicago Police officer -- were hospitalized Sunday after a bloody fight near the corner of Addison and Clark following the Cubs-Sox game.


One of those arrested after the fracas was subdued with a Taser stun gun, police said. That man and two others were in custody Sunday night as charges were sorted out.


The fight began around 4:20 p.m. when one person hassled the officer, working at a concession stand.


The man "challenges him because he's wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey. The officer tells him to leave, and the guy doesn't leave. The officer then identifies himself as an officer, and a shoving match and fight ensue," said Belmont District Police Lt. Roger Bay.


The officer was treated for head injuries at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was in good condition. The man who was Tasered also was in good condition at Illinois Masonic, while a third person was in good condition at Thorek Hospital.


The Town Hall and Belmont police districts reported only minor incidents tied to the games.


Chris Fusco

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You hear talk of a brawl outside a Chicago ballpark and you immediately think of US Cellular Field. But the fight yesterday took place outside of Wrigley Field, and it didn't involve partisans of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs facing off; it involved a fan challenging an off-duty cop wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey while working a concessions stand. (Yeah, we're also trying to figure out why other cops didn't beat him up first for wearing a Red Sox jersey to a Cubs game.) The pair took their disagreement to the corner of Clark and Addison, where three fans were eventually arrested (one had to be Tasered) and the cop was taken to a hospital with head injuries.

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