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Two MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint at Great American

Aug 9, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

Great American Ball Park (photo by Derek Jensen)

MLB.com’s Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding were robbed at 1:30 a.m. this morning about 15 feet outside Gate 3 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports.

“I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way,’” said Bloom. “I started to walk away and he began yelling at me and pulled this big gun that looked like a Glock. He said, ‘Put your wallets on the ground.’ We did and he picked them up and ran off.”

Bloom said he lost about $500 in cash, while Harding was carrying $100.  Their credit cards were also stolen.

The two writers were covering the Rockies-Reds game that didn’t end until after midnight as the result of a long rain delay.

  1. The Personality Club - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Those robbers should leave Baseball alone! Really, though. That must’ve been scary, and I’m glad they’re okay.

    • The Personality Club - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Okay – I’d like to add that robbers should leave everyone alone, not just baseball.

  2. bravin4evr - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    This could happen at any stadium but people will talk about how bad security is at that stadium! Glad all they lost was money and credit cards, which can be replaced. A life can’t be replaced!

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    The question is, where was Mike Leake during all of this?

    • hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:38 AM

      It wasn’t a Glock. It was Longoria’s AK 47.

      In all seriousness, did the thug attacker look Hawaiian? Like a small center fielder type Hawaiian guy?

      • hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        this was just a joke about yesterdays fodder.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      Hahahaha! My guess…he was selling his T-Shirts.

  4. kiwicricket - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    “I thought the guy was a fan as he approached”
    Bloom and Harding have fans????? Who might approach them at 1.30AM???

    Why didn’t the armed robber steal their Mobile phones???
    Why would MLB.Com writer Barry Bloom need to carry around $500 cash if he also had credit cards on him??? Does Mrs Bloom know about this practice?

    If a tree fell in the middle of the woods, and no one is around to hear it, or see it….but someone finds it, and makes only a single bat out of the entire tree(Pinus Radiata)…is this a waste of a renewable resource?
    Why is life so complicated….

    • hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:07 AM

      Have you ever been to a MLB game? $500 buys 3 beers and a hot dog.

  5. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    U S A, U S A!!!!! hows that economy treatin ya?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Seeing as how the economy went to crap starting in 2000, I’m pretty used to it.

      • hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        2000???

        Do you know something I dont? It was hand over fist for me in real estate til 2006.

  6. purnellmeagrejr - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    My wife’s a nurse – one of the doctor’s she works with was approached by a robber at a hotel – he gave the robber a hard time and was shot dead. The Doctor was a really nice guy but pretty feisty. It’s a damn shame he didn’t give the guy his wallet.

  7. bleedgreen - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Probably Philly fans, amirite?

    • mox19380 - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Reds fans hardly show up to Reds games why would a Phillies fan?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      LOL! Well…that is a pretty good guess. But with the way the Redlegs “fans” whine, b*t*h, moan and complain about all things St. Louis Cardinals…they were probably the real culprit.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      LOL! Well…that is a pretty good guess. But with the way the Redlegs “fans” whine, b*t*h, moan and complain about all things St. Louis Cardinals…they were probably the real culprit.

  8. macjacmccoy - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    what was a Phillies fan doing in Cincinatti ?

  9. a125125125 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Crime has been up in Cincinnati ever since the local police began devoting all their resources to finding the thief that stole Dusty Baker’s brain.

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