Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bar Fight Escalates Over MLB Logo

Lefty or righty batter? Debate rages in Pennsylvania

Cranston, PA (Oct. 27) - Two men are hospitalized after an argument at a bar over whether the batter on the MLB logo is left-handed or right-handed escalated into a full-scale brawl.

Jerry Francis, 33, and Linc Pettit, 27, began arguing over the logo, which was shown on the screen briefly during Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night.

Witnesses told police that Francis began getting "loud and abrasive" when Pettit suggested the logo depicted a right-handed hitting batter.

"What, are you f***ing drunk?!," Francis shouted. "Anyone can see that that's a lefty swinger!"

Francis, about 6-foot-2 and weighing approximately 250 pounds, then advanced upon the 5-foot-3, 115-pound Pettit and threw him into the jukebox at The Dugout, a popular sports bar in Cranston. Pettit, a brown-belt in karate, rained several rapid-fire kicks and punches on Francis before Francis pulled a "foreign object", according to witnesses, and began gouging Pettit's eyes with it. The fight ended when bystanders jumped in as Pettit responded to the gouging by managing to get Francis into a "sleeper hold."

"We've seen this before," Cranston police lieutenant Art James said. "That logo gets a lot of discussion here."

Is this a lefty or righty batter? Debate rages

Cranston, according to legend, is the birthplace of Sig "Siggy" Siglander, who supposedly designed the logo on a napkin, in the very same location where The Dugout is now currently in business.

An MLB spokesman, reached Friday in New York, called the Cranston incident "unfortunate." When pressed as to whether the logo is in fact a left-handed or right-handed batter, the spokesman, talking only under the condition of anonymity, said, "I'm not sure. That's part of its mystique. It's not worth fighting over -- unless you're drunk. Then all bets are off."

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