Woman sues Mets after 300-pound man fell on her at ballpark

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Ellen Massey broke her back when a 300-pound man named Timothy Cassidy fell on her at Shea Stadium on Opening Day of the 2007 season.

Now she’s suing the Mets, claiming the team should be held responsible for her injuries because vendors continued to serve Cassidy beer after he was clearly intoxicated.

Lawyers for the Mets argued before the Manhattan supreme court that Cassidy falling on Massey was “very random and unforeseeable” and also disagreed with the assertion that he was obviously drunk.

Meanwhile, according to Massey’s lawyer Cassidy was slurring his speech, trying to pick fights with other fans, and repeatedly double-fisting beers. Massey suffered a spinal fracture and the New York Daily Newsarticle on the lawsuit features a picture of her in a body brace.

I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for our first ever Hardball Talk reenactment, because we have a lawyer and a 300-pound man. If someone can find us a 61-year-old woman in a back brace and a crappy old ballpark, we’re in business. We’ll supply our own beer.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.