There's no place like home. Especially for the Dodgers, who are not only coming back to L.A. with a 2-0 series lead, but will get at least a two game respite from crazed, drunken Cubs fans. On Wednesday, superstar outfielder Manny Ramirez nearly had his head taken off by a baseball thrown from the Wrigley bleachers by Cubs fan Paul Solans.
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My friend Marcus Gilmer over at Chicagoist has a funny write-up:
"There's throwing the ball back onto the field, and then there's being a sore-loser-jerkstore, as was the case with Lincoln Park's Paul Solans last night. Solans caught one of the Dodger home run balls (the Sun-Times doesn't say which of the three he caught) but instead of tossing it back gently and immediately, he waited for the Dodgers to take the field in the next inning, then promptly fired the ball at Dodger outfielder Manny Ramirez. Fortunately for Manny, Solans had about as much as control on his fastball as Dempster did last night and missed. ZING! Security guards apprehended Solans and turned him over to police. We doubt Manny noticed a thing."
Love the "jerkstore" reference.
And Gilmer's right. Manny didn't seem to notice. He went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs the very next night to lead the Dodgers to a 10-3 victory.