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Man jumps to death outside Angels team hotel

Apr 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

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. JayT - Apr 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Is it just me, or does it always seem like stuff like this happens to the Angels?

  2. BC - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Wonderful. Just what that team needs after what they went through last year.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Let’s see now – a distraught man throws himself off a building and that suggests to Mike Sciosa that he’s lucky to be a baseball player? Oh-k-a-a-ay, now there’s a novel syllogism for you -that, or a case of tunnel vision a naked mole rat would envy. I wonder if Eric Show would have agreed with him.

  4. jb - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Um…I don’t think the tragedy here is what happened to the Angels.

  5. MikeN - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    I guess the guy saw all those angels and decided it was a convenient time to call it a life.

  6. Ryan - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    If he had chosen the building next door, would this article exist?

  7. (Not That) Tom - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Such a shame; had he chose to jump when the Mariners were in town, maybe Franklin Gutierrez or Ichiro would have gotten to him in time.
    Remember this the next time someone tells you UZR isn’t important.

  8. Jeff - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    It takes a devoted Yankees fan to leap to his death to distract the other team.
    Captcha: not mondale

  9. davidmoser - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Its just you.

  10. Interesting - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Hmmmm…must be another “Jihad” attempt against angels…

  11. YANKEES1996 - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Unfortunate on all levels.

  12. mikesporty - Apr 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    lol

  13. CBT - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    The things Yankee fans will do…

  14. phantom - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Ummm…what the hell does “the priviledge of playing baseball” have to do with some random guy jumping off a building? Any one of us could walk out of a hotel and be a witness to something like that. The two things have nothing to do with each other.

  15. regis - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Pray for him.

  16. NorcoTom - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Are the “Clippers” playing in New York?

  17. God's Own Silver and Blue - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Dear cowardly nebbishes, if you’re going to be selfish and self-centered enough to jump off a building, at least zip yourself into a body bag first before taking your big leap to well-deserved obscurity. Have a thought for the poor bloke who has to clean up your splattered remains. And, you will be going to Hell for committing suicide, so I guess that makes you a damned coward.

  18. scatterbrian - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Thought the same thing OG. Kind of a narcissistic response to a tragedy.

  19. PilotHawkeye - Apr 13, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Only problem with placing oneself into the body bag before jumping is that when the bag (and person) hits the ground, it will look like someone had steped on a Twinkie, with the ‘cream filling’ oozing out of both ends. Ewwwwwwwww.

  20. kelly - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    GOS&B — You are a #%%#^ moron

  21. the pepster - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I can certainly sympathize. We have people here in Pittsburgh jumping off buildings all the time because of the Pirates.

  22. JoeWestsucks - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    And, I suppose George Steinbrenner & the NY Yankees found a down & out guy that was planning to off himself, guaranteed him that they would pay his beneficiares money if he did a Greg Louganis out the window at the Angel’s Hotel??? Statements like that could only come from Mutt’s fans…

  23. clueless guppy - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Suicide is good. Everyone (and every living thing) has to die, so why let Fate decide the time/place/method? Be purposeful, be determinist, be brave. Just be sure you don’t land on someone, that would be homicide, which is another matter altogether. Good for him!

  24. Pat in Pa - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Agreed – where does he get the connection of witnessing a suicide, and appreciating the “privilege of playing baseball” What the hell is that all about? Makes me wonder about Mike Scioscia

  25. pat219 - Apr 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    The article isn’t about the guy who jumped – it’s about the complete lack of sensitivity to the tragedy that Mike Scioscia displayed. What does this tragedy have to do with the “privilege of playing baseball”? Good article on the moral decline associated with a professional baseball career or any other type of celebrity. Despicable!

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