Wednesday, August 10, 2005


So I was watching the White Sox-Yankees game and all of a sudden, they stopped playing and the camera focuses on a kid who's on top of the netting behind home plate. One of the announcers mentions that the kid had fallen out of the upper deck. I was thinking to myself, "Jeeze, that kid is lucky because he falls anywhere else, he's going to the hospital for a long time with a possibility of never making it out of the hospital." Then I began to laugh when the kid could not figure out how to get off the nets and eventually scaled the nets to get himself off.

Little did I know that the kid actually jumped:

Eighteen-year-old Scott Harper plummeted about 40 feet onto the large screen during the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game between New York and the Chicago White Sox. After the final out, he was carried on a stretcher from the ballpark to Lincoln Medical Center, his head immobilized in a neck brace.

Harper, of Armonk, N.Y., was released into police custody Wednesday and arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and other violations.

Harper did not enter a plea and faces up to a year in jail. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Sept. 6.

Harper had told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, police said. "The next thing you know, you don't see him anymore. You saw him on the net," said 18-year-old Mike Spadafino, one of Harper's friends.

Obviously scared and shaken, Harper sat with his head in his hands for a few moments before climbing the net back up to the middle level of seats as players watched and the crowd roared.

How dumb do you have to be to do this? That's like seeing a piece of raw meat that's been sitting on your counter for three days and thinking to yourself, "I wonder if I eat this if I'll get sick." Dumbass. Only a Yankees fan.