I feel bad for a guy who took a bat the the head, I really do. But I begin to hate him when he decides to sue everyone within reach for an accident.
James Falzon is suing the Mets, Major League Baseball, a maple bat manufacturer, Luis Castillo and Ramon Castro over an incident that happened three years ago. In August of 2007, Falzon was hit by a piece of Luis Castillo's shattered maple bat, resulting in facial fractures and broken teeth (a Mets fan with broken teeth, shocking- can we prove it was the bat?).
Falzon, who obviously didn't read the disclaimer on his ticket, wants to get a piece of everyone within reach. I know how lawsuits work- go after the deep pockets- but this is ridiculous. While he might have a case against the bat manufacturer, and maybe MLB (maple bats have come under much scrutiny for splintering), it is pure greed to go after the team and the players, who were simply using an approved product.
His suit even contends that players are the ones at risk. Ok, so why sue the player?
What are your thoughts? Is Falzon justified or is he going too far?
We do know one thing: that maple to the face was nothing compared to what the Phillies did to Mets fans a few weeks later. That suit is still pending.
H/T to reader Dan Bello for sending this over
UPDATE: a reader sent us the Ts and Cs of a Mets ticket. Read after the jump.
Warnings: The holder assumes all risk, danger, and injury incidental to the game of baseball or other event and all warm-ups, practices, competitions, entertainment and promotions associated therewith, at the locations in and around the ballpark and surrounding areas and parking lots, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the playiing of the game or other event, including but not limited to the danger of thrown bats, FRAGMENTS THEREOF, and thrown, propelled or batted balls and other objects, and agrees that no person or entities (including but not limited to the New York Mets, Sterling Mets, L.P., Queens Ballpark Company LLC, the event operator, Major League Baseball and its member Clubs, management of the Clubs, and their respective agents, owners, officers, affiliates, employees and players) are liable for any injuries, death, or loss of property resulting from such causes and releases and holds harmless all such persons and entities.