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Woman sues Mets after 300-pound man fell on her at ballpark

Oct 18, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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Ellen Massey broke her back when a 300-pound man named Timothy Cassidy fell on her at Shea Stadium on Opening Day of the 2007 season.

Now she’s suing the Mets, claiming the team should be held responsible for her injuries because vendors continued to serve Cassidy beer after he was clearly intoxicated.

Lawyers for the Mets argued before the Manhattan supreme court that Cassidy falling on Massey was “very random and unforeseeable” and also disagreed with the assertion that he was obviously drunk.

Meanwhile, according to Massey’s lawyer Cassidy was slurring his speech, trying to pick fights with other fans, and repeatedly double-fisting beers. Massey suffered a spinal fracture and the New York Daily Newsarticle on the lawsuit features a picture of her in a body brace.

I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for our first ever Hardball Talk reenactment, because we have a lawyer and a 300-pound man. If someone can find us a 61-year-old woman in a back brace and a crappy old ballpark, we’re in business. We’ll supply our own beer.

  1. BC - Oct 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Craig should send her his business card.

  2. Utley's Hair - Oct 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Somehow, this will be twisted into another example of Phightins Phans gone wild.

    • fndan9 - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

      Read it and weep, Utley…I bet this guy was wearing a Kruk jersey too.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

        And what exactly does that prove? As far as I’m aware, Phightins Phans would not exactly be chanting “Let’s Go Mets,” which is what this woman’s lawyer is using as proof that he was overly drunk–he’s saying the guy was so blitzed that he was “…dropping the L from ‘Let’s Go Mets.'”

        So, as I said, and you proved, this is going to be twisted into Phils Phan bashing.

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

      This guy probably slipped on a cheesesteak one of you slobs dropped on the ground. Animals!

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

        I was unaware that the Shea Stadium vendors sold cheesesteaks. Now I wish I had made a trip up there.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Maybe what we should do is drop Aaron on her from the second deck, and when she’s fine afterward argue that that proves she sustained her injury vacuuming shi tzu hairs from her deep pile rug.

  4. apbaguy - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    If this case were in Texas she’d win big-time in lower court, then have the damages drastically reduced on appeal.

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