Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Nats should be held responsible

Of all the days to steal a win, the Washington Nationals had to pick Saturday over the Mets, a day when superfan, Michael Anthony, already had more than he could deal with. I mean first the button on his new A|X pressed oxford popped off, then he realized that he had been walking around with a lock of hair sticking up alfalfa-style. He stood next to a girl with that hair!

But no, the Nationals didn't think about poor Michael Anthony when they beat the Mets 6-5 that day during the second leg of a doubleheader.

From Reuters:

A New York man has been charged with beating his mother to death with a barbell after losing his temper while watching a baseball game on television.

Michael Anthony, 25, was watching the New York Mets lose a game on Saturday from his home in the borough of Queens when he began furiously banging on the walls, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement on Monday.

His father Fred Fischman shouted at him to stop, but Anthony punched him in the face and threw him to the ground, according to the criminal charges.

When Anthony's mother, Maria Fischman, 61, tried to intervene, prosecutors said he stabbed her once in the head with a knife before chasing her into a bedroom where he struck her several times with the 20 pound (9 kilogram) barbell.

"It is difficult to imagine a crime more heinous than that of a son viciously attacking his parents and, in the process, fatally beating his mother to death," Brown said.

Anthony has been remanded in custody and faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

This isn't Anthony's fault, it's the Nationals'. They were the straw that broke the camel's back, and as such they should be held accountable for the tragic and untimely death of Ms. Maria Fischman.

In all seriousness, I can't believe stuff like this happens. I mean, I get mad when my team loses. Sometimes I even throw a fit (Game 7 this year vs. the Jazz, Duke vs. NC State in the ACC Tourney, etc.). But there is a point you always hit when you have to tell yourself that it's only a game, and as such is not worth killing your parents over. I can't believe people like this exist in the world, and I hope he is punished to the full extent of the law.

Sorry, if you didn't enjoy my farce in the beginning, I tried unsuccessfully to bring a certain lightness to a very grave subject.

Hat tips to 100% Injury Rate (where I saw the story first) and Deuce of Davenport (where I got the guido idea)