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Mets fan charged of trying to distract Atlanta players during game

April 21, 2007

 

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 40-year-old man arrested at Shea Stadium on Friday night is accused of trying to distract an Atlanta Braves pitcher and shortstop with a high-powered flashlight.

 

Frank Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Saturday.

 

Authorities said Martinez flashed the powerful light at the players in the bottom of the eighth inning from his seat behind home plate. He was quickly ejected from the game.

 

"The defendant's alleged actions recklessly endangered the lives of players and spectators and caused a temporary delay to the game," Brown said.

 

The hullabaloo began at about 10:15 p.m. as the Braves were leading the Mets 7-0. Tim Hudson was on the mound facing Mets pinch-hitter Endy Chavez when, investigators said, Martinez turned the beam on the Braves pitcher and shortstop Edgar Renteria.

 

Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who then called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found a "a small, streamline flashlight" in his backpack, Brown said.

 

"You endanger some of the players out there. Somebody could get blinded. The ball's in play and the light's in their eyes, it's dangerous," Hudson said Saturday after Atlanta's 7-2 loss to the Mets.

 

Martinez was still jailed Saturday, and unavailable for comment. He was scheduled to remain behind bars until at least the evening, when he had an arraignment scheduled in Queens Criminal Court. Queens prosecutors said Martinez did not have a lawyer yet. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

A law making it expressly illegal to interfere with a professional sporting event was passed by the city in 2003 following a disruptive incident involving fashion designer Calvin Klein.

 

Klein stepped onto the basketball court at Madison Square Garden in March 2003 to speak with player Latrell Sprewell while a Knicks game was in progress.

 

The Braves won Friday's game 7-3.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Atnd...p&type=lgns

 

i saw this live on tbs friday night, and it was renteria that busted him. he claimed that he wanted to start a rally...idiot. he could have blinded someone with that. no disrespect for the smart met fans, but it seems like the mets on average have some of the dumbest fans out there. what an idiot.

 

oh, he won't be coming back to shea this year....

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This is a crime?!?!?!?

My first thoughts as well.

If either of you took the time to read the whole back-story that was in the first post, it explains how this became a crime.

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I have no problem with this being a crime. You want some Mutts fan doing this to one of our guys? Let this Mutt watch games drinking a Rheingold on his couch at home from now on.

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I read the whole article, thanks. Point stands.....this is a crime?

 

The courts have MUCH better things to do than worry about a fan messing with athletes. Kick the guy out and ban him from the stadium. Don't clog up a DA and judge's time with this crap.

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I read the whole article, thanks. Point stands.....this is a crime?

 

The courts have MUCH better things to do than worry about a fan messing with athletes. Kick the guy out and ban him from the stadium. Don't clog up a DA and judge's time with this crap.

Sorry if I offended you Juanky. It wasn't intended.

Anyway, it's legal to mess with athlete's while they're performing, up to a point, in all sports. It's fine to yell or chant a guy's name while he's pitching or hitting. That can't physically harm anybody. That's accepted non-physical harassment. Don't try this at a tennis or golf match though. And no throwing batteries, in any sport. That has the potential to cause a serious hurt. And shining a high-beam flashlight or laser light also has the potential to cause direct harm to the eyes, or cause a distraction while a ball is coming at them that could cause physical harm. I think this should be a crime. They don't happen all that often enough to worry about clogging up our justice system. In this particular case, I'd like to see them put this mutt in jail for a week.

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NEW YORK -- A New York Mets fan has been ejected from Shea Stadium for three years after pleading guilty on Tuesday to shining a high-powered flashlight at an Atlanta Braves pitcher and shortstop during a game there last month.

 

Frank Martinez, 40, of the Bronx, also must spend 15 days behind bars as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event.

 

"In a game in which the ball can travel upward of 110 mph, the defendant's actions were dangerous to both spectators and players," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

 

Authorities said that on the evening of April 20, while seated behind home plate, Martinez turned the beam on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria. The Braves were leading 7-0 at the time.

 

Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found "a small, streamline flashlight" in his backpack, authorities said.

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I still can't believe he's doing jail time for this.

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NEW YORK -- A New York Mets fan has been ejected from Shea Stadium for three years after pleading guilty on Tuesday to shining a high-powered flashlight at an Atlanta Braves pitcher and shortstop during a game there last month.

 

Frank Martinez, 40, of the Bronx, also must spend 15 days behind bars as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event.

 

"In a game in which the ball can travel upward of 110 mph, the defendant's actions were dangerous to both spectators and players," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

 

Authorities said that on the evening of April 20, while seated behind home plate, Martinez turned the beam on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria. The Braves were leading 7-0 at the time.

 

Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found "a small, streamline flashlight" in his backpack, authorities said.

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I still can't believe he's doing jail time for this.

 

Niether can I. I have no problem with a 3 year ban, though.

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