Fan sues Florida Marlins for ball thrown into stands

Updated: October 16, 2004, 6:25 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- A fan sued the Florida Marlins, alleging his face was bloodied by a baseball thrown into the stands by outfielder Juan Pierre during a World Series game last October.

Steve Badillo, 44, claims Pierre hit him with a ball after completing warm-up throws before the fourth inning of Game 4 of the 2003 World Series between the Marlins and the New York Yankees.

Badillo is seeking unspecified damages, The Miami Herald reported in Saturday's editions. He claims his nose and right eye were left bloodied and he was hospitalized.

Badillo's attorney said the ball was thrown overhand "with great force." Badillo was seated in the eighth row in right-center field.

Badillo said Friday he fears his vision is damaged, which would make his work in the printing-press business difficult.

A Marlins spokesman declined comment. Badillo's attorney, Donald Norton, did not return a phone call Saturday seeking comment.

Players around the league often lob baseballs to fans as souvenirs before games and between innings. Many teams post warnings alerting fans to be aware of thrown or batted balls that often fly into the stands.


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