Watching Baseball in Philadelphia? Watch Where You Sit!

April 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Fan News

This is just about the most disgusting story that I have ever read involving unruly fans at a stadium event.

As reported by NBC Philadelphia , a 21-year-old man was arrested at Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and the Nationals after he INTENTIONALLY VOMITED ON AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND HER FATHER.

Let me repeat that. This douche stuck his fingers down his throat and “projectile vomited” all over this 11 year-old-girl and her father. But wait it gets better. The father involved was an off-duty police officer for a nearby town.

Capt. Michael Vangelo and his 16-and 11-year-old girls drove down from the Lehigh Valley to watch the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals Wednesday night when the alleged assault occurred, police said.

Vangelo, 43, says from the moment his family took their seats, a group of unruly men starting disturbing anyone near them.

“They were yelling vulgarities, obscene language,” Vangelo said Thursday.

Vangelo and his older daughter asked the men to stop, but that seemed to just cause more trouble, he said.

“I had beer thrown on me and water and then one individual started spitting at the back of my daughter’s chair and he actually spit on my 11-year-old daughter,” he said.

Vangelo went to report the men to ushers, who promptly ejected them from the game. The man says everything seemed fine until another fan got involved.

That fan — identified by police as Matthew Clemens — was sitting with another, unrelated group of fans who were also disciplined for acting out when he allegedly did what Vangelo describes as the “most disgusting thing” he’s ever seen.

Clemens, 21, positioned himself behind the 11-year-old’s chair, stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on the girl and her father, police said.

“He leaned forward, he projectile vomited all over me and my daughter,” Vangelo said with a look of hurt splashed across his face.

Clemens then began wailing on Vangelo after he pushed him away from the girl — hitting the off-duty officer in the head and neck, causing his ear to bleed, police said.

Surrounding fans jumped in to help subdue Clemens before he was arrested.

“He was still vomiting on the other fans that were holding him down,” Vangelo said.

I normally don’t paste the whole article, but this was really intriguing.

Philly fans are not known for their hospitality, and the stadium doesn’t do much to help the visiting team. The only time I went to Citizens Bank Park I distinctly remember seeing all the hecklers standing over the visiting team’s bullpen which is positioned in a nice spot right under an outfield standing room only terrace. Given enough alcohol and a score that is one sided enough, it would be very easy for the fans watching overhead to throw more than just insults. But never in my wildest dreams would I believe it possible for a grown man to hurl anything other than a few pieces of food.

To deliberately expel bodily fluid onto another human being without their consent is a despicable act, and this individual should be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law provides. For all anyone knows, this gentleman (if you could even call him that) could have had some fluid borne disease like Hepatitis or HIV.

This article really got me heated, and I can only hope that this douche is banned from the stadium for life! I mean, I am all for baseball rivalries where fans get a little rowdy, but it should all be in the name of fun. I know alcohol can sometimes lead to insane behavior at the ballpark, but crossing the line shows a complete lack of self discipline in a public setting.

And I only hope that the Phillies organization makes it up to this little 11-year-old girl in some way. Not that they are obligated by any means, but it would definitely go a long way to repair some of the bad P.R. that has developed from even looking at the mug shot photo of this douche bag wearing that Phillies red.

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Article Source: Bleacher Report - Philadelphia Phillies

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