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Man jumps to death outside Angels team hotel

Apr 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that a 39-year-old man committed suicide this morning by jumping off the 42nd floor of the hotel where the Angels are staying in New York.
According to Saxon “about 15 players witnessed the aftermath of the apparent suicide when they walked out the front door of Le Parker Meridien hotel to board the team bus” and the New York Daily News reports that Jered Weaver witnessed the actual fall while at a coffee shop across the street.
“It’s obviously traumatic when you witness something like that, but these guys understand the privilege of playing baseball,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think when something like that happens, it just reinforces how lucky we are. I don’t know anything about the guy, but obviously something was troubling him.”
Police told the Daily News that the man wasn’t actually staying at the hotel as a guest, but rather came in asking to see the pool that’s located on the top floor.

  1. AngelsandDemons - Apr 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Here’s a syllogism Old Gator. How about the fact that Sciosa’s comments might be to calm his team down after witnessing a suicide while members of that same team have needed counseling for survivors guilt from last years tragedy with Adenhart.
    The comment is intended to hold down any reemerging feelings of guilt from the incident and keep the players focused on how lucky and positive their lives are due to their profession.
    For someone who is very articulate you seem to lack appreciation for theory.

  2. Abram - Apr 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    hey clueless guppy, stop saying how great suicide is and just get it over with already. obviously you have a pretty crappy life if you think death is so great. as you said, make sure you dont land on anyone… it might be a happy person!

  3. joe santiago - Apr 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    it was just another disapointed Mets fan

  4. Ron - Apr 13, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Scioscia is just stating the are lucky to live such great lives playing baseball. that guys life was so screwed up he had to throw himself off of a building.

  5. Wendall - Apr 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    I can only hope it was a bosux fan realizing it’s going to be another year watching the Yankees celebrate. The poor bastard , just couldn’t take it anymore. Better yet, maybe it was that scumbag that calls himself the Grammar Police, (grammar pussy) I can only hope.

  6. Wendall - Apr 13, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    You might want to emulate, and take that scumbag, grammar pussy with you. I don’t think either of you would be missed. Give it some thought.

  7. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    If I thought for a second that Sciosa’s response was anywhere near that purposeful, I might be inclined to agree with your reading of it. But having seen him interviewed a number of times, I didn’t get the sense that his imagination was that expansive or syncretic. Whatever his intentions might have been, what came out was pretty ridiculous. And at risk of sounding a bit less than sympathetic at this point, Adenhart died over a year ago. We’ve all lost friends one way or another – car accidents, illness, wasted in wars of greed, lies and corruption, you name it. Welcome to the flawed and mortal universe. It’s not a week, a month, or even a season later. It’s a year. Nostalgia and wistful remembrance is one thing but if these guys still need coddling about it a year later, they also need someone a little more astute about how they should be counseled than their manager.

  8. Paul - Apr 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    First, you have to remember that Sciosa most likely didn’t call a press conference to make this wonderful statement–someone asked him about it. At least half of the stupid comments from sports figures come as a response to stupid questions.
    Second, I’d bet he was simply reflecting on the fact that baseball players lead a rather cushy life, especially contrasted the deceased, who presumably had more conflict in his life than wondering when to call on the bullpen.
    Bottom line, though, don’t blame him for trying to answer a question that didn’t need to be asked.

  9. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    “At least half of the stupid comments from sports figures come as a response to stupid questions.”
    .
    No doubt – which reminds me of those old Strat-O-Matic cards where your dice had half a chance of referring to columns 1-3 and half a chance of referring to columns 4-6. But that still leaves the other half of the stupid answers which were not a response to stupid questions. Unfortunately, we don’t have the question, stupid or otherwise, at our disposal – only the stupid answer.

  10. dwhite - Apr 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    OK I couldn’t resist this one
    I guess there were no Angels of the outfield to pull him back in

  11. dwhite - Apr 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    OK I couldn’t resist this one
    I guess there were no Angels of the outfield to pull him back in

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