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Old 09-14-2004, 05:57 AM   #1
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Rangers Reliever Throws Chair At Fans

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the right field box seats, hitting two spectators in the head Monday night, as Oakland Athletics fans taunted the visitors after a two-out, top-of-the-ninth homer tied the game.

One of the fans, an unidentified woman, was bloodied and her nose was broken.

Major league baseball's commissioner's office said Tuesday morning it was investigating.

With two outs in the ninth, Texas Ranger Alfonso Soriano tied the game at 5 on his second homer of the night. Moments later, with the Rangers' Hank Blalock at the plate, the Texas bench and bullpen cleared.

``Tonight, it went over the line,'' Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. ``It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We've had problems about every time we've come here.''

Texas reliever Doug Brocail was seen screaming at a male fan, and the pitcher had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Others also had to be held back.

Francisco threw the chair at a fan in a lower box near the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair hit one man in the head, then bounced and struck the woman on her left temple.

Security ran to the scene and a small section of fans was cleared from their seats.

A's manager Ken Macha came across the field to speak to Dave Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, before play resumed 19 minutes later.

There was talk between the umpires and managers of suspending the game, clearing the stands and forfeiting the game.

The Athletics won 7-6 in the 10th inning.

Rinetti said afterward that the woman was being treated at a hospital for facial cuts and a broken nose and was considering pressing charges. Francisco was escorted by police out an alternate stadium exit after the game and into a car waiting on the field. No arrests were made.

Brocail declined comment, and Francisco wasn't around the locker room afterward.

Francisco, 25, was named American League rookie of the month for August, when he was 3-0 with a 1.69 earned-run average.




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What a royal cocksucker.
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he should never be allowed to play baseball again.

Major League athletes are paid far more than average people who excel in their positions because they have a unique talent...and should be ready for this type of stuff.

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awful thing? yep it is.

are the fans retarded too? yep they are.

everybodys a loser in this story.

do i blame the pitcher? yep i do.

would i see why he would do it? yep i do.

should he have done it? not at all.
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Does anyone know what the fans said/did?
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He's been arrested.

http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3010780

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Texas reliever Frank Francisco was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery after he threw a chair into the right-field box seats and hit two spectators in the head during Monday night's loss to the Oakland Athletics.
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Does anyone know what the fans said/did?
i believe something along the line of "what'cha gonna do brotha when the 24 inch pythons and hulkamania comes... for YOU!

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Headache, you have more fun with photoshop than a human should be allowed to have.

And why aren't we on red level security? We've got an official title.
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The most shocking aspect of this story is that it didn't take place at US Cellular Field(aka New Comiskey)
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I can understand how he felt, I hate being taunted, and I hate people who get a kick out of taunting people. His temper and rage got the best of him and now he's going to get sued. He should have just shut up and realized they were stupid losers and no matter if he wins or loses the game, he's still rich.
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i believe something along the line of "what'cha gonna do brotha when the 24 inch pythons and hulkamania comes... for YOU!


You have too much time on your hands.
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Headache, you have more fun with photoshop than a human should be allowed to have.

And why aren't we on red level security? We've got an official title.
when the esteemed director hears Vertigo on the radio, minus wacky Spaniards and waves, then we shall be at red.
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You have too much time on your hands.
and to think... someone is paying me money while I photoshop Hulk Hogan... oooooooooooo yea brotha
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when the esteemed director hears Vertigo on the radio, minus wacky Spaniards and waves, then we shall be at red.
i have proof of the office of U2 security being duped into a trap when on red two weeks ago.

i've never thought the same of it since. a new intel department is needed.
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Yeah...Headache is a flip-flopper!
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