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METS4LIFE1988
07-05-2008, 10:32 PM
A Mets fan has put the city on notice that he intends to file a $5.5 million lawsuit for a Aug. 8, 2007, flying-bat incident at Shea Stadium that left him with broken teeth, facial fractures and a split palate.

James Falzon, 48, was in the second row - along the third-base line with his dad, 11-year-old son and 9-year-old nephew - watching the Mets play the Atlanta Braves on an annual family outing to Shea.

As Mets second baseman Luis Castillo smacked a seventh-inning fly ball, his bat shattered and shards flew into the seats.

I was watching the ball," Falzon said, "and [the shards] hit me in the face. It knocked me off my chair."

The disfiguring injuries left him with massive bleeding, extensive hospital care and permanent metal plates and pins, he said.

"It broke my whole face," Falzon said.

Shea Stadium, owned by the city, has netting up to protect those sitting behind home plate. Falzon contends in Queens Supreme Court papers that there should be netting to protect other sections of seating as well

http://www.nypost.com/seven/07052008/news/regionalnews/battered_fan_sues_the_mets_118585.htm

k_rock923
07-05-2008, 10:38 PM
Oh brother. He should sue his own parents for failing to give him a brain.

dwright3b5
07-05-2008, 10:50 PM
Arent fans there at their own risk??? Dont they say that before the games

jetsfan28
07-05-2008, 10:54 PM
Arent fans there at their own risk??? Dont they say that before the games

Yes, it does, and it says it on the ticket I think too. There are 3 things that can happen here:

1. They'll settle, the Mets will pay his hospital bill, and nothing else
2. The Mets beat his *** in court
3. The Mets lose in court and are forced to pay his hospital bill and put up more netting, which I highly doubt

I'm guessing scenario 1 happens

Rique
07-05-2008, 10:55 PM
Castillo does no good

Naru
07-05-2008, 11:13 PM
His approach should be different... I don't see him winning this... But maybe complaining about the exploding bat itself might give him a better chance at getting rich quick.

OuttaHere!!
07-05-2008, 11:13 PM
ouch

johnnylee722
07-05-2008, 11:15 PM
Arent fans there at their own risk??? Dont they say that before the games

Yep. Stupid case.

Drucifer
07-06-2008, 12:14 AM
Arent fans there at their own risk??? Dont they say that before the gamesIt's on the back of every ticket

JoeyMet
07-06-2008, 12:15 AM
I don't think it's a stupid case. Whether it holds any water in court remains to be seen, but what is he supposed to do? If my face got broke at a game because they go with those flimsy pine bats now, I'd sue too!

BkGMen4Life
07-06-2008, 12:36 AM
it says it on the ticket, the mets are not liable..thats why you read...

PUGS1688
07-06-2008, 01:41 AM
This is an interesting article. What if you were in this guys shoes though? 5.5 million dollars is a little much for it though, lol.

BkGMen4Life
07-06-2008, 02:06 AM
i went to a new york dragons game, front row..a pass missed the reciever, hit me square in the head. as a joke i threatened to sue, then everyone showed me the back of the ticket saying the team is not eligible. if this guy talked to the mets and asked nicely or wrote a letter, he probably wouldve got his injury paid for and make sum money but this suing certainly wont get it done..

Twinke Masta
07-06-2008, 06:48 AM
lol castilolo

Eddie CCPBA
07-06-2008, 08:23 AM
Even on the DL, Castillo is a problem for the team.

brandonwarne52
07-06-2008, 08:32 AM
That's the most damage Castillo has done with a bat since leaving Minnesota.

SJ5382
07-06-2008, 08:34 AM
That's the most damage Castillo has done with a bat since leaving Minnesota.
Right, since he was 10x better than this with your Twins. :rolleyes:

His OBP this season, in the worst season of his career, is higher than it was in his 1+ seasons with the Twins.

5+7=DYNASTY!!!
07-06-2008, 10:02 AM
This guy would have much more success sueing major league baseball saying that the bats they use are dangerous.

NickB79
07-06-2008, 10:10 AM
Yeah, he should sue MLB over product liability. They are using those bats that are a danger to players and fans. How many broke the other night in the Mets/Cards game 10? Those bats are trash. sue the mlb

dwright3b5
07-06-2008, 10:13 AM
Yes, it does, and it says it on the ticket I think too. There are 3 things that can happen here:

1. They'll settle, the Mets will pay his hospital bill, and nothing else
2. The Mets beat his *** in court
3. The Mets lose in court and are forced to pay his hospital bill and put up more netting, which I highly doubt

I'm guessing scenario 1 happens


Yep. Stupid case.


It's on the back of every ticket

Yeah thats what I thought. Its also in the booklet for season tickets, they try and tell you as much as possible!!

dwright3b5
07-06-2008, 10:14 AM
Yeah, he should sue MLB over product liability. They are using those bats that are a danger to players and fans. How many broke the other night in the Mets/Cards game 10? Those bats are trash. sue the mlb

LOL, your kidding right??

INMETSITRUST
07-06-2008, 10:34 AM
This happened to some lady in Chicago earlier in the year and I bet you the Mets don't even pay his medical expenses. This is a business first and foremost.

Eddie CCPBA
07-06-2008, 10:52 AM
This happened to some lady in Chicago earlier in the year and I bet you the Mets don't even pay his medical expenses. This is a business first and foremost.

Don't forget this is Fred/Jeff Wilpon and they don't want ANY negative publicity. It may get paid and we never hear anything about it.

Tragedy
07-06-2008, 10:55 AM
:pity:

And what about all those foul balls that have hit fans? Shall they sue too? I mean, seriously. It says it RIGHT on the back of the ticket, unless the Mets weren't smart enough to add it.

There is a whole section on "Come at your own risk". My god. Trying to make a quick buck.

Drake
07-06-2008, 12:20 PM
If MLB is investigating the quality of bats, it shows that they knew there is a problem, and that might be problematic for the Mets. When that girl died in Columbus (?) from a puck, the NHL took steps by installing nets in all rinks. What blows my mind is how little concern players have when either their ball or their bat going into the stands....the next pitch is coming before the person recieves any medical attention.

Ragun
07-06-2008, 12:35 PM
ouch thats gotta hurt

jetsfan89
07-06-2008, 01:01 PM
well before the game starts at shea they always tell you to beware of flying objects (bats, balls, that sorta stuff).

THE_FLASH_21
07-06-2008, 01:03 PM
It's crazy.. Ur watching the ball.. and then u get smacked by the broken bat??? WOW...sucks for him..... I bet the Mets won't even pay the Medical bills .They don't have to!

redbird89
07-06-2008, 02:38 PM
Something needs to be done about the maple bats.

But the Mets are not at fault.

Tkais9009
07-06-2008, 03:08 PM
this guy is a pudd

brandonwarne52
07-06-2008, 03:50 PM
Right, since he was 10x better than this with your Twins. :rolleyes:

His OBP this season, in the worst season of his career, is higher than it was in his 1+ seasons with the Twins.

Well I could have made a team joke, but I opted not....:rolleyes: