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    Fan attacks umpire at Royals-White Sox game

    Fan attacks umpire at Royals-White Sox game

    April 15, 2003

    CHICAGO (AP) -- A fan came out of the stands during Tuesday night's game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox and attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. Security and players came to Diaz's aid and the fan was quickly taken away.

    Immediately after Carlos Lee flied out to right to end the eighth inning, the fan ran on the field and tried to tackle Diaz, wrapping his arms around the umpire's legs.

    It was the first appearance by the Royals in Chicago since coach Tom Gamboa was pummeled by a father and son who came out of the stands last September.

    Three times earlier Tuesday night, the game was delayed when fans ran onto the field before being tackled by security guards.

    U.S. Cellular Field, formerly Comiskey Park, will host the All-Star game July 15.

    Before the game, Gamboa tried to downplay his return to the field where he was attacked seven months ago.

    ``I haven't given it a thought really,'' Gamboa said. ``Lightning doesn't strike twice.''

    Gamboa, who was the Royals' first base coach when he was attacked last Sept. 19, is now Kansas City's bullpen coach. Gamboa, 55, still has a minor hearing loss in his right ear following the beating.

    The boy, 15 at the time, was sentenced to five years of probation and also ordered to undergo mandatory counseling and perform 30 hours of community service.

    The boy was arrested along with his father, William Ligue Jr., who initially pleaded innocent to charges of aggravated battery and mob action. The case is still pending.

    Gamboa, a former coach with the Cubs, said Chicago sports fans shouldn't be judged by what happened to him.

    ``It's a great sports city and no one incident or what two guys did would tarnish that,'' Gamboa said.

    ``It's over and done with as far as I'm concerned.''
    Now I'm confused. I thought it was the players who engaged in fights, not the fans!

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    It's scary, but I'm not surprised. My husband is an umpire for high school girl's fast pitch and you would be amazed at the things that fans and/or parents do at the games or after the game is over.
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    I think there should be a simple law that prevents this sort of behavior: if I fan enters the field of play for any reason, a sniper located in the light towers can legally shoot him.

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    Maybe a better solution would be to allow no one to be at the field of playand make all of the fans watch the game on tv somewhere.
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    Believe it or not Gracie, I think that my idea would actually go over better with the owners and fans. The owners because they still get their gate and consession revenue, and the fans because they still get to watch the game live. And hey, cool, there's a sniper! Suddenly, MLB would be more exciting than Nascar.

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