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  1. Scott Jacobs
    January 28, 2016

    Had Robin Ventura, instead of heading toward the mound, walked over to the railing and cold-cocked an usher, would his chances of facing arrest and prosecution would have increased significantly.

    It is more likely the usher would have beaten then crap out of him.

    Ventura didn’t seem to know how to fight very well (or else Ryan was some kind of ninja).

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  2. phroggie
    January 28, 2016

    I object to the past tense phrasing of your parenthetical as Ryan was, is, and always will be a ninja. That said, I still question how things would’ve gone down if Robin didn’t drop the bat before charging in.

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    • Scott Jacobs
      January 28, 2016

      THAT would have gotten a felony assault charge…

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  3. StevenK
    January 28, 2016

    Stick to law.

    Arguably, no one other than you would suggest that Nolan Ryan was the best baseball pitcher ever.

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    • Ken Womble
      January 28, 2016

      Sticking.

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  4. Richard G. Kopf
    January 28, 2016

    Dear Ken,

    I played baseball in high school. Once, when I was about 17, I had the occasion to punch a teammate in the mouth as we milled around the dugout between innings. The kid was a complete asshole and I had a temper back then. That said, my teammate did not consent, but the game was not over either. Do I need to check the statute of limitations?

    All the best.

    RGK

    PS to StevenK:

    Nolan Ryan might not have been the absolute best, but he certainly the most feared. Tom Grieve, a player for the Texas Rangers once said of Ryan,”He was the only pitcher I faced … that fear entered into the at-bat. He was throwing so hard, and he was wild, and you knew he was mean. He’d knock you down, and you never knew whether it was on purpose or not.”

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  5. Sir Arthur
    January 28, 2016

    Another incident involved notorious goon Steve Bertuzzi. He assaulted Vancouver’s Steve Moore , ending his career. Under the circumstances, it was hard to argue that it wasn’t premeditated. He pled out to a misdemeanor, establishing the limits to a hockey player’s consent.

    It’s a Kobe Moment. Consent to have sex may or may not include anal sex; consent to fighting doesn’t include a blind-side mugging. The line exists.

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