Saturday, July 19, 2014

Statement of Baseball Player

"I saw him out of the corner of my eye and I honestly thought it was someone from their dugout, like a trainer, going to see Nash. Then I realized when he was halfway between the  line and the mound, that he was a fan. My first thought was I just hoped he didn't have a gun or something weird. If he's crazy enough to be on the field, who knows what he had on him. By the time he got to me, he stopped and it looked like he came to and regretted being out there in the first place. We didn't (make contact)."

This pitcher hit a batter, while up 9-0 in the game, and a fan confronted him on the mound. 

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Anonymous said...

He uses first person "I" until the last sentence and uses "We". It is correct the pitcher and fan did not make contact, someone else did make contact with the fan.

"My first thought was I just hoped he didn’t have a gun or something weird. If he’s crazy enough to be on the field, who knows what he had on him."

"just", "IF" and "Who" makes me think the pitcher did not feel threatened for his life at that moment.

Tania Cadogan said...

off topic

MEDIA STATEMENT by Pistorius Family - Leo Pistorius (Uncle)

15 July 2014

We have taken note of the media coverage of the so-called “nightclub incident” over the past 24 hours and feel compelled to issue this statement as some of the outrageous claims simply cannot stand uncorrected.

Whilst Oscar venturing out into a public space with his cousin, in the current climate and whilst his court case is still underway was unwise, those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behaviour.

As a family we are counselling Oscar to find ways of dealing with his feelings of isolation.

At the same time however, we cannot allow one man’s untrue version of what happened to stand unchallenged.

Mr Mortimer, who has been unknown to Oscar and our family until he approached the press with his story of the so-called “altercation” in which he has cast himself as the victim, is a man peddling untruths designed for maximum attention and maximum damage.

We wish to categorically state that there is absolutely no truth to this man’s assertions that Oscar, for instance, insulted the President of South Africa or boasted about our family’s so-called influence. Nor is the bizarre statement that our family “owns the SANDF”.

Oscar was at school with one of President Zuma’s sons and liked him a lot. Oscar also has great appreciation of President’s Zuma’s extraordinary support of the paralympians.

Both Oscar and his cousin were equally taken aback by Mr Mortimer’s accusations relating to the trial.

My investigations indicate that Mortimer was the aggressor and eyewitnesses confirm this.

Being in a public space such as this, and thereby putting himself in a place where this kind of confrontation could take place, was ill considered.

We do however believe that Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices.

• This statement is issued on behalf of the Pistorius Family by Leo Pistorius, another of Oscar’s uncles. Arnold is currently away.

• We consider this our final word on this matter and do not wish to engage any further media enquiries on this issue.

- ENDS -

Tania Cadogan said...

basically this statement doesn't help pistorius's defence.
They have told us he will lash out as a form of self harming and will likely attack or kill someone again and it will be down to his emotional strain.

It is interesting they tell us only SOME of the outrageous claims can be allowed to stand uncorrected

shmi said...

I find the statement to be truthful, and the video seems to support his recall.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

There's no indicators of deception in his language. The video confirms.

Good, Shmi!


Sus said...

Wow, I believe this was a frightening, even traumatic experience for the pitcher. He tells it in past tense UNTIL he is describing the fan as "crazy." "If he IS crazy enough to be on the field, who KNOWS ..." By switching to present tense, it seems to me the incident is ongoing for the pitcher. And sure enough, in his next sentence he identifies with the fan by giving the fan's motives. Then he speaks of himself and the fan as WE. This has become a shared traumatic experience for them. How quickly bad experiences can cement a bond in someone's mind.

Buckley said...

I agree. Also "first thought" even though he already gave a prior thought. "Gun...or something weird" weird is a strange word choice if he really felt threatened. So, I think maybe he's exaggerating his feeling about the threat. The rest of the statement seems straightforward.

never forget baby Ayla said...

Nobody mentions her now???

John Mc Gowan said...
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John Mc Gowan said...

A few things that are usually flagged in SA, and haven't been here. Would have they been flagged if vt evidence wasn't available?.



My first thought

something weird