Dim Bulb Arrested for Using Bright Light
A 40-year-old man arrested at Shea Stadium on Friday night is accused of trying to distract a Braves pitcher and shortstop with a high-powered flashlight.
Frank Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said yesterday.
Authorities said Martinez flashed the powerful light at the players in the bottom of the eighth inning from his seat behind home plate. He was quickly ejected from the game.
“The defendant’s alleged actions recklessly endangered the lives of players and spectators and caused a temporary delay to the game,” Brown said.
The hullabaloo began at about 10:15 p.m. as the Braves were leading the Mets 7-0. Tim Hudson was on the mound facing Mets PH Endy Chavez when, investigators said, Martinez turned the beam on the Braves pitcher and SS Edgar Renteria.
Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who then called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found a “a small, streamline flashlight” in his backpack. K TRIPLE PLAY: The Phillies pulled off their first triple play in almost eight years and the first in the majors this season in the fifth inning against the Reds last night.
With Josh Hamilton on second base and Edwin Encarnacion on first, C David Ross grounded to Phillies 3B Abraham Nuñez, who stepped on third to force Hamilton and threw to 2B Chase Utley to force Encarnacion for the second out. Utley’s relay to 1B Wes Helms caught Ross by a step. K SORIANO TO LEFT: Alfonso Soriano is expected to rejoin the Cubs’ lineup tomorrow and when he does, he’ll be switched from center field back to left.
Soriano was out of the lineup yesterday for a fifth straight game after straining his left hamstring on Monday. K CRUZ TO DL: The Diamondbacks placed RHP Juan Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle below the back of his right shoulder.
— From News Services
The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano performs drills and should be ready to play tomorrow.