Curt Ford, an outfielder who played four seasons with the Cardinals in the 1980s, was assaulted at a St. Louis gas station and told to “go back to Ferguson you [racial slur].”
Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 37-year-old James Street has been arrested for allegedly punching the 54-year-old Ford “after shouting racial slurs at him.” Surveillance video captured the incident, which occurred around noon Wednesday when the two men pulled up to the same gas pump.
According to police: “Street was exiting the store when he approached Ford, and unprovoked, punched him in the face, and drove away.”
And now Ford is considering moving away from St. Louis, telling Byers:
I’m going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I’ve had enough of St. Louis. You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.
Byers also noted that Ford “had difficulty speaking clearly because his face was swollen.”
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?