We missed a notable one-year anniversary yesterday: Scott Harper's 40-foot freefall from the Yankee Stadium upper deck to the netting behind home plate. It's fitting this kid is back in the news today, for the Red Sawx now seem to be emulating his rapid and steep descent.
So apparently this 19-year-old rabblerouser got banned from Yankee Stadium (I'm assuming he's barred from the new one as well) and may face 30 days or more in a Turkish prison. Well, maybe not quite Turkish, but I'm sure he'll still see a grown man naked. That's a pretty harsh punishment, but on the bright side he just saved himself $8.75 per watered-down beer.
I'm not a big fan of bringing the penal or judicial system into the sports arena. I think justice is best served on the field. A shirtless father and son duo jumps onto the diamond at a baseball game? Pummel the living shit out of him. A drunk hoser hops onto the rink at a hockey game? Black his eyes and kick his dog. A downtrodden, balding Bengals fan leaps out onto the football field? You guessed it, bust a nut inside his eye to show him where you come from ("I do not think that word means what you think it means").
Fuck jail time, a memorable beating that requires at least two facial reconstruction surgeries and an appendectomy stands as the biggest deterrent to idiocy and spotlight hoggin'. This Harper kid, 30 days in jail and lifetime ban ain't the way to go. Instead, they should have left him out on the net and had the bullpen run in to pelt fastballs at him for the rest of the night. That's a real lesson.
Slack Link of the Day: I saw something yesterday I've never quite seen before -- a visiting player receiving a curtain call in a road stadium. Mets fan, classy stuff. Last night will surely go down in history for Mikey Piazza as one of the best nights in recent memory, right behind that first candlelight dinner with Sam Champion.
Slack Video of the Day: In the wake of the Ron Artest melee in Detroit, SportsCenter put together a short clip with some good fan versus players fights. It's decent, but also check out these clips of the Bruins fight at MSG (easily worse than Artest brawl), the Flames taking on Edmonton's fans and a great minor league hockey fight.
Slack Song of the Day: Ever since I was a little kid, Huey Lewis has been around. Not so much in a literal sense -- he didn't attend my birthday parties or anything -- but he's just been there. Around.
One of my first concert-going experiences as a little kid was, of course, Huey Lewis & The News. One of my favorite movies involves a well-known rant about Huey's work. One of my cinematic guilty pleasures stars the man as a serious actor and crooner (I like it more for Pig Vomit's scenes than Huey and Gwyneth, but still...). One of my idols, Bill Graham, died in a helicopter crash after a Huey show. One of my favorite touring bands has brought him out not once but twice to sing with them. One of the weirdest coincidences of my life centered around Huey. Basically, he's everywhere.
So from his Live at 25 release, I give you The Heart of Rock & Roll, Heart & Soul, and Hip To Be Square.