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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Deep Stupid #24 - Georgia on my Mind

The Georgia take-a-gun-anywhere law, signed by Governor Nathan Deal last Wednesday, takes affect in July.

The Atlanta Braves have a home stand against the Phillies, Marlins and Padres from the 18th through the 28th of July.

Suppose during one of those games the Braves have a man on third, and a crazed gun man in the stands shoots the opposing pitcher while he is on the rubber and makes a motion associated with his pitch, but is not able to complete the delivery because he's been shot.

Here is my question: is the pitcher charged with a balk that allows the run to score?



Jerry Critter said...

The shooter would probably get off because he would claim that the pitcher was going to throw the ball at him.

Jazzbumpa said...

Stand your ground in the stands, no doubt.

mike shupp said...

It's probably not a balk. Logically, it seems to me, except for specified exceptions (weather delays, e.g) the rules should apply to game-related personnel and occurrences. There's probably a rule dealing with pitchers shot by groundskeepers, for instance ("interference"). For what fans might do ... probably not. I suppose one make a ruling that "unsafe conditions" had suddenly appeared in the stadium, and judge the pitcher's actions on that basis.

Jazzbumpa said...

Mike -

Good analysis, but you're taking this a bit too seriously.


mike shupp said...

I'm a Red Sox fan.

This is very serious stuff!