People are stupid
People are stupid. I know, I know, I'm people too so it's a bit of a broad statement, but then things like this happen and I can't help but say it.
A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face by a baseball at a Little League game two years ago, is suing the then-11 year old catcher who threw the ball.
The player, Matthew Migliaccio, was warming up a pitcher in the bullpen when his errant throw flew over the fenced-in bullpen and hit Elizabeth Lloyd, who was sitting at a picnic table near the fence.
She's seeking $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs and an undefined amount for pain and suffering.
From USA Today:
"The lawsuit filed April 24 alleges Migliaccio's errant throw was intentional and reckless, 'assaulted and battered' Lloyd and caused 'severe, painful and permanent' injuries."
Intentional and reckless. At a Little League game. Uh huh. Anyone ever been to a minor baseball game? Man, those kids never miss their target. The throws are always spot on.
Oh, it gets better. Well, worse actually.
Back to the story in USA Today:
"A second count alleges Migliaccio's actions were negligent and careless through 'engaging in inappropriate physical and/or sporting activity' near Lloyd. She continues to suffer pain and anguish, incur medical expenses and has been unable to carry out her usual duties and activities, the lawsuit says.
And Lloyd's husband, in a third count, is suing for the loss of 'services, society and consortium' of his wife. They've demanded a jury trial."
Inappropriate physical/sporting activity? We wouldn't want pitchers to warm up in a bullpen. Nevermind the fact that's what bullpens are for.
Remember those signs reminding people to pay attention at ballfields, rinks, etc? Yeah, me too. Who didn't love watching a foul ball drift over to where all the cars were parked and see if it would hit one? I swear, cars are magnets for baseballs. Then again, I was too young to have a car so hoping for a smashed windshield caused more of a feeling of excitement than dread.
When I was in elementary school in Bass River, I got hit square in the nose with a softball when I mistakenly walked between two guys playing catch. They yelled, "Look out!" and I turned my head just in time to see the ball about to hit me. My nose was busted open a bit, but I got a few stitches and the afternoon off from school. And those were good times.
The worst part of this lawsuit is that there's a kid involved. Migliaccio's father says his soon started receiving threatening and nasty letters. If this does go to trial, not only will it cost thousands to try and defend the kid, but his teammates and others will have to go through trial proceedings (the questions, depositions and so on).
If I could have one request it would be that Judge Judy hears this case. I know, she deals with Small Claims Court matters, but can we make an exception just this once? Pretty please?
People are stupid.