NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez should have
been arrested for throwing 72-year-old Yankees coach Don Zimmer to
the ground during Game 3 of the American League Championship
Series, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.
"If that happened in New York we would have arrested the
perpetrator," Bloomberg said. "Nobody should throw a 70-year-old
man to the ground, period. You start doing that pretty soon you're
going to throw a 61-year-old man to the ground, and I have a big
vested interest in that."
"You just cannot assault people, even if it's on a baseball
field," added Bloomberg, who was asked about Saturday's
bench-clearing matchup before marching in the Bronx Columbus Day
Bloomberg was referring to a fourth-inning melee in which Zimmer
lunged at Martinez and Martinez grabbed the older man by the head
and tossed him to the ground. Zimmer was taken to a hospital after
the game as a precaution; he was later released with a small cut on the bridge of his nose.
The mayor did not comment on the ninth-inning scuffle between
two Yankees players and a member of the Boston grounds crew. Boston
police said Sunday they were seeking witnesses to that fight.
The Yankees won Saturday's game 4-3.