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Today's Dish: A Minor Tasing In Philly

About 10 seconds after this got stupid, and 1 second before it got fun.
About 10 seconds after this got stupid, and 1 second before it got fun.

Phillies fan tasered after running onto field - FOX Sports on MSN
A police officer used a Taser gun to apprehend a 17-year-old fan who ran onto the field during a Phillies game Monday night, and the team and the police are investigating whether it was an appropriate use of force. A law enforcement officer and stadium personnel check on a fan who was chased down and Tasered after running onto the field in Philadelphia during the Phillies' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals. The fan, wearing a baseball cap, red T-shirt and khaki shorts, hopped a fence and scurried around the outfield, eluding two security officers in the bottom of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser and the fan went down in a heap. Several Phillies placed gloves over their faces and appeared to be stifling laughter at the wild scene.

You're going to see this all over the internet today (And of course, there's a YouTube video: YouTube - Game disruption). The kid hit the ground faster than a lavender prom dress.

BREAKING: Yankees Set Record For Lowest Attendance In New Yankee Stadium History
With tonight's announced attendance of 41,571, the Yankees have set a new record low attendance at Yankee Stadium. As we noted on Twitter last night, people were practically giving away tickets for tonight's game. A co-worker scored tickets in the Grandstand for $4 for tomorrow night's game, so expect more of the same.

Don't feel too bad for the Yankees, or expect them to start shedding payroll, 41,000+ is still a good number and more than most of the other teams. But still, the last time you could go to a Yankee game for $4 Reggie Jackson was in the dugout arguing with Billy Martin.

Mariners GM Zduriencik looking to improve anemic offense - Baseball
Zduriencik became an instant Seattle hero for bold moves such as last winter's big trade to acquire 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Philadelphia. He said during a meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors of the Northwest that he's been on the phone a lot lately with fellow GMs. The calls have been in hopes of acquiring an additional bat for his 11-14 team that entered the season with expectations of its first postseason since 2001 -- but entered Monday next-to-last in the American League with 86 runs scored and last in the AL with just nine home runs. The last homer came more than a week ago.

Let's see you work your magic now Mr. Z. Pretty easy to swing deals when it's the other team making the call offering you their ace pitcher for some prospects. So unless you can work the phones for a hitter, you're going to be working the phones to unload that ace...

Could Cliff Lee be deadline bait for the second straight year? - Yahoo! Sports
Could Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik figure out a way to pony up for Lee after this season? Never say never, but he christened Felix Hernandez as his big-dollar ace this past offseason and spending close to $20 million per season on another pitcher doesn't seem to fit his style. Throw in the fact that the Mariners' lineup doesn't seem up to the challenge of helping the pitching staff keep pace with the AL West over the whole season and I think we're looking at a situation where Zduriencik will feel the need to recoup some of the talent his farm system lost by giving up a prospect package that included Phillipe Aumont and Tyson Gillies.

Wasn't this the team that quite a few "experts" were predicting to win the A.L. west? It'd be one thing if the Mariners were experiencing injuries to their line-up, but this is the team they were counting on to compete. With the rest of the west having problems winning games consistently, the Mariners still could win the division, and now is the time for Zduriencik earn all of that pre-season praise.