What is it about Yonkers and baseball fans gone wild?
Here’s the latest– Yesterday a guy wearing a Red Sox hat and shirt was allegedly beaten up outside a Yonkers hotel bar by two out-of-town thugs who apparently resented his allegiance to Beantown.
Carlos Ortez, a construction worker from Quincy, Mass, was so badly injured he had to be taken to Westchester County Medical Center, according to reports.
Arrested in the assault outside the Ramada Inn were Duane Somers, 32 and Edward McConaughey, both from Pennsylvania, a National League-only state. And here I thought Red Sox- haters were only from New York.
Nevertheless, their choice of venue, i.e. Yonkers, puts Somers and McConaughey on an ever-growing list of fans whose dubious achievements continue to awe and amaze those of us who live in the City of Hills.
That hallowed list includes Stephen Laurenzi, the 24-year-old Yonkers guy who, in a state of advanced intoxication, rolled over and fell 60 feet from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium only to miraculously survive with hardly a scratch. That was in 2000.
And then there was Yonkers’ own Rocco Grazioso who, five years ago, started a fight with Yankee pitcher David “Boomer” Wells. The 27-year-old Grazioso also went after Wells with a butter knife.
Those loveable losers, the Chicago Cubs, have Steve Bartman. But we have these guys. It’s the pride in pinstripes– the prison variety of pinstripes, that is.