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Fan hit with falling bullet during Rays game

Jun 28, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

Tropicana Field

The fan in question was an out-of-town police chief. The good thing: he was not injured at all. The weird thing: the fact that this happened inside domed Tropicana Field:

Charles Sweatt felt something sting his leg during the June 16 Tampa Bay Rays game against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field.

He thought he had been hit by a foul ball.

But when Sweatt, the police chief in the tiny Panhandle town of Parker, looked down, there was no ball. Instead, another fan sitting nearby found a bullet.

Good stuff in there explaining how a flying bullet could have found its way into Tropicana Field and why it didn’t cause any damage.

But man, weirdness.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    And Tropicana is now officially more ghetto than the Coliseum.

  2. seanb20124 - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Chief Lawsuit I suppose

  3. beearl - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Does Davey Johnson have an alibi?

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Anyone who has been to Tampa is not surprised

    • spol85 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Would be funny except for the fact that the Trop is not located in Tampa.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Ya but the sewage finds it way to St. Pete.

        St.Pete is excellent, Tampa is a filthy sewer that makes Daytona look clean and wonderful.

  5. kopy - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    It could have been way worse. History buffs may remember this incident. These are headlines and sub-headlines, in order, that you can click through. I remember reading the whole story not too long ago, but I couldn’t find it just now.

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0A16FC3B5B177B93C7A9178CD85F448585F9

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00F11FA3B5B177B93C5A9178CD85F448585F9&scp=8&sq=polo+grounds%2C+giants%2C+killed&st=p

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10614FD3B5B177B93CAA9178CD85F448585F9&scp=5&sq=polo+grounds%2C+giants%2C+killed&st=p

  6. sportsdrenched.com - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    This must happen more often than we think. Check this out:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1892601

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    It was one of those weird teleporting bullets from Deep Space Nine.

  8. drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    How in the…?

  9. Jonny 5 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    This happens when idiots shoot their guns up in the sky like a Libyan rebel. What goes up, must come down.

  10. Old Gator - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    That’s one very ugly building.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Even uglier on the inside. At least the Mausoleum has a beautiful field, before football season, anyway.

      • Old Gator - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Ugly and depressing inside the Trap. But dear Buddha, look closely at that roof. It’s got a complexion like Jan Brewer.

      • bigharold - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        ” It’s got a complexion like Jan Brewer.”

        But, you’d have to admit that the Trops roof is WAY smarter.

  11. atworkident - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Was Alfredo Simon in town?

  12. jerryball22 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Pedro Gomez has not denied he is the source of the bullet.

  13. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    That’s crazy. Considering only 14 people show up to rays games

    • bigharold - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Sort of like winning the lottery twice, .. only in reverse.

  14. Panda Claus - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Next time it rains during a game down there someone’s probably going to be wondering where the annoying drip on the top of their head is coming from. They’ll blame it on a leaky air conditioner, but we’ll know better.

  15. rooney24 - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    So, how did the guy think he was hit by a foul ball? Was he paying that little attention to the game?

  16. Chipmaker - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Celebratory gunfire? What, M-80s just don’t pack the right punch any more?

    I was in Ouray, Colorado several years ago. Weekend night, town fair slowly wrapping up, just milling about with my family — when suddenly an explosion rocked the valley (Ouray sits at the end of a box canyon). It wasn’t very nearby, but given the geology, that hardly mattered. I asked a local what was that? Eh, that’s just (name of some eccentric resident), he sets off dynamite every once in a while. Good grief.

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