With all the bad injuries that have ravaged the Bronx Bombers this season, the most relieving news this weekend centered on a hurt spectator from Yankee Stadium. Paul Robinson, 53, of Kirkland, Wash., flew home with his family in a private plane chartered by the Yankees yesterday, exactly one week after he broke his neck in The House that Ruth Built. The man, his wife and his 13-year-old-son were sitting in the steep upper deck during last Sunday’s 12-0 thrashing of the Anaheim Angels when a drunk fan tumbled several rows down, crashing into Robinson and snapping his vertebrae. Doctors performed 2.5 hours of successful surgery following the incident, and unanimously agreed Robinson was lucky to be both alive and not paralyzed. Apparently, you have to worry about things other than just foul balls at Yankee Stadium nowadays.
The organization is urging anyone with information about the incident or the falling man, who fled the scene and has not yet been apprehended, to contact the team at 718-579-4420.
While you may think an incident like this one is rare, a Mets Fan was attacked in eerily similar fashion at Shea Stadium this April. Ellen Massey, 58, broke her back when a drunken “fat man,” as the Post dubbed him, fell into her lap and then got up and ran away. Massey later sued the Mets and their beer vendor, Aramark. We hope this isn’t some wacky new trend.
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