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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tasing for Tresspassing - Appropriate or Excessive Use of Force?

Earlier this week security used a taser to take down a moron who ran on the field and disrupted a baseball game in Philadelphia. In the days that followed there were various editorial columns decrying the tasing as an excessive use of force. There were a few people who acknowledged the risk to players from a crazed fan citing the stabbing of Monica Seles and the beating of first base coach Tom Gamboa from a few years back. A couple commenters noted that being taser poses less risk of injury then being body slammed by a 250 pound security guard.

Chris of A Large Regular has the most interesting idea on the subject:
Philly should have the "Don't Tase Me Bro" Taser Challenge. Here's what I would do:

Step 1: Get 5 volunteers from the fans at the game. They would have to sign a release and have a blood alcohol level that's not too too high.

Step 2. The 5 volunteers would race from 3rd base to home. The volunteer with the best time would get to be the "Don't Tase Me Bro" contestant for the night. . . . .
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Needless to say in our overly litigious society today no team would have the guts to do this promotion. Where is Bill Veeck when we really need him. I have no doubt this idea would double the attendance for Indians home games. How about tasing players after making errors??? Ignore that last idea, I was just thinking out loud there and imagining Jhonny Peralta twitching and shaking after another bad throw.

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