May 8, 2008

Yankees Fan Wins Punitive Damages Against Red Sox Fan

I'm an avid baseball fan, so this San Diego Tribune story about the intersection of baseball and punitive damages caught my eye. A Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan got into a bar fight, the Yankees fan punched the Red Sox in the face, then sued him for punitive damages because he injured his hand while beating on the guy. A San Diego jury ruled in favor of the Yankees fan and awarded him $10,000 in punitive damages, apparently reasoning that the Sox fan should be punished because he provoked the plaintiff, even though it was the plaintiff who threw the only punch.

Adding to the bizarre nature of this story, these guys got into a fight while watching a baseball game that did not even involve the Red Sox. They were watching the Yankees lose to the mighty Cleveland Indians. (Did I mention that I'm a Cleveland fan?)