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Fan arrested for aiming a laser pointer at Shane Loux and Mike Matheny

Aug 7, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

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A member of The Best Fans in Baseball got arrested last night in St. Louis for aiming a laser pointer at Giants pitcher Shane Loux and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.  And, you’re not gonna believe this, but it appeared to be some dumb rich kid, doing it from a luxury suite his friend’s dad owned:

City police arrested a 17-year-old boy from the Ladue area for allegedly pointing a green laser at the opposing team’s pitcher and at Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny in Busch Stadium during Monday night’s game … Matheny then saw the culprit laughing from a suite along the first base line … The Cardinals’ skipper made eye contact with the teen, pointed to him and mouthed the words, “I see you.” The teen then laughed, waved and pointed the laser above the manager’s head.

The cops went after him and he tried to run. He dropped the pointer in a trash can, but they found it. The kid was held for disturbing the peace, but prosecutors are looking at other possible charges. I hope it’s not illegal to use those things or else I’m going to soon have way, way less fun with my cat.

Anyway, you don’t often hear about this kind of thing at sporting events. It’s usually interfering with aircraft that gets you busted for this sort of thing. But according to the article this happened at Citizens Bank Park back in 2009, so it’s not unprecedented.

  1. seeinred87 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Arrest and especially prosecution seem a little excessive for this.

    But then again, don’t run from the cops (unless you’re going away for a long, long time if they catch you. Then it’s OK I guess)

    • Bryz - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      If you give the kid a slap on the wrist, then it shows others that they can do the same thing at games without repercussions. Crack down on it hard so it doesn’t happen again.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        I agree.

        They should decapitate his younger siblings in front of him and his parents.

        Then no one would pull this shit again. For sure. I mean look, it even happened in 2009. Clearly a message must be sent.

      • suhisabeast90 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        Come on, he is not a criminal. Just ban him from the stadium for 1 year. That is all the right the stadium should have. He was not on the field or using any violence. I’m sure that would be a deterrent for any “fan”.

    • kkolchak - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      “Arrest and especially prosecution seem a little excessive for this.”

      Yeah–caning is a much better option for the little punk.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Taze that mofo to the ground! Oh wait, this wasn’t in Philly?

    • rpb1234 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Why do you think that it is excessive? It seem about right to me. It is about the same as running onto the field. Actually, it is worse. He is trying to effect the outcome of the pitch. I say arrest him and ban him from the park.

      I am pretty sure that many venues (MSG defiantly does) prohibits laser pointers.

      I don’t know if it will stick, but prosecute the sh!t out of him. Let his parents foot the bill for his defense.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      How can you ban the nut? Must be 30-50 thousand at a game. Throw the book at him. Make his parents pay a few thousand for a lawyer and a huge fine. What I don’t see here is the jerk’s name. Now if you want some real action get the box owner to forfeit his rights to the box as he allowed an asshole to use his box and get him pissed off at the kid, and the kid’s family. Then you will see fur fly.

  2. localbandhero - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    throw the book at this little punk. that could damage eyes.

    Few things are worse than spoiled little rich kids living off of daddies money.

    • term3186 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      I think it goes without saying that he should be banned from the park

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        I gave you a thumbs up because you said it anyway.

    • suhisabeast90 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Spoken from a jealous broke bastard.

    • mattyflex - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      The fact that he probably is some spoiled brat makes it even worse. After I pay for tickets, I typically can’t afford to eat for a week; this kid is out getting luxury seats AND he can afford laser pointers. Just unbelievable.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Yes, shocking that a 17-year-old is still sponging off his dad.

    • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Spoiled little rich kids live off the money of the workers who created daddy’s wealth in the first place.

  3. darthicarus - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    As punishment the kid’s parents are making him use his Wi-Fi iPad, drive the BMW, & wear crocs for a week.

  4. cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Its happened in hockey games a few times. The green laser pointers are the real good ones I think. They tend to be pretty powerful. Able to reach flying aircraft and, possibly, the moon*. I thought they were heavily regulated as to who can have one, but I could be wrong there. Anyhow I think they are dangerous to your vision.

    *for all I know. Moonbase now! We need to find out the answer to this question.

    • skids003 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      I referee basketball, and I caught a little teenage punk doing one at me a few years back. Looked right at him also and he laughed. He didn’t laugh when the coach snatched him out of the stands and had the cops haul him off. That was when I laughed.

      • antlerclaws - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        The green lasers are way more powerful than the red lasers. The green ones are used in Iraq/Afghanistan by gunners to get other drivers’ attention if they get too close to convoy, or possibly (temporarily) blind them if they don’t take the warning.

      • JB (the original) - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Some people’s kids……
        The color of a laser beam has NOTHING to do with how powerful it is, it’s simply a product of the particular frequency of light that you are lasing. As a matter of fact, most of the most powerful lasers are invisible to the human eye. Here, look at this page of laser pointers, you’ll note that they are in a variety of colors and yet, all are in the same power ranges…..

      • JB (the original) - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        The link:

      • suhisabeast90 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        No moron. The military uses green light because green light is not as easily seen. We were made to use green lenses on our flash lights when we were in camp. Green light is also used to signify as a “friendly” and not an enemy. The strength of a laser has to do with how many mW of power it has, not the color of the lens.Green and other colors besides RED, appear brighter, because they are more sensitive to the human eye. And yes you could shine a laser to the moon, but you would lose sight of it in the upper stratosphere as the light travels it becomes more narrow.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Wowie. Thanks for bringing down the tone of the discussion suhis(etc). I guess everyone that doesn’t know exactly what you know is a moron, eh? Hey, check your extensive body of knowledge with your mom, your kids, people you consider ‘friends’. Bet they call come up “moron” too. Not like you, eh? You know everything.
        Jeez. Whatever happened to a friendly exchange of knowledge?

      • raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Before you call someone a moron, at least make sure all your own statements are correct. As you state, the human eye is more sensitive to green light than red. However, for that reason, green is not only brighter when transmitted with the same energy as red, it is also easier to see than red, not harder. Lasers that the anyone wants to be hard to see amplify infrared or ultraviolet as both are impossible for the human eye to see.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        The reason the eye is more sensitive to green is that green is higher frequency than red and so is able to transmit its energy more efficiently in the wavelengths where the human eye can see. It is true that you can overwhelm the difference with raw power input, but green is, by its frequency, higher energy than red light. Freshman chemistry, friend.

      • stercuilus65 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:33 AM

        stex52 – Aug 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        “The reason the eye is more sensitive to green is that green is higher frequency than red and so is able to transmit its energy more efficiently in the wavelengths where the human eye can see. It is true that you can overwhelm the difference with raw power input, but green is, by its frequency, higher energy than red light. Freshman chemistry, friend.”


        Uh you need to go to freshman biology my friend. The reason why green lasers appear brighter is because the human’s eye sensitivity peaks in this area which non coincidentally is where the Sun’s energy output peaks on the surface.
        The human eye is actually less sensitive to blue and violet light (higher an higher frequencies) and cannot see ultraviolet and beyond which are even higher frequencies.

      • stex52 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        Ster, of course. Didn’t I say “that the human eye can see”? It all comes down to electron transitions in energy levels that are available due to the molecule chemistries. Of course blue, violet and UV are higher energy. They also are more prone to ionize, which is not desirable. We don’t see X-rays, either.

        You took my point a little too far.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Is any of this going to be on the test?

      • bravojawja - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        green pretty
        red ANGRY
        pretty, pretty green light
        mean ole red light

  5. unlost1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Oh my! Will he be tried as an adult for the crime of the century?

    • kkolchak - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      I’ll bet you wouldn’t be so forgiving if the little punk was spray painting the side of your house or something. What’s the big deal, it’s only a little prank?

      • suhisabeast90 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        those are two different things. He did not break and enter the suite. Only pointed a laser pointer to distract a baseball player. It’s like the laser was attached to a high powered rifle.

  6. number42is1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    there was an article on MSNBC last week about some kid doing this to airplanes but they said that it was not illegal. I imagine that this kid will get off with a “BANNED FOR LIFE” (say it in your head in a real loud echo voice for full effect).

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      I believe you misread the MSNBC article because it is illegal:

      U.S.C. TITLE 18, CHAPTER 2

      Sec. 39A. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft
      (a) OFFENSE — Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

      When it enters the cockpit it can reflect and create a bouncing strobe effect, and it can also cause serious complications if the pilots are using night vision. This can cause aircraft to…you know….crash.

  7. watermelon1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    What is this… 1997?

  8. suhisabeast90 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    A lot of self righteous pricks here today. I did way worse stuff when I was his age. But, I guess I am the only one man enough to admit it. Keep hiding behind your keyboards .

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      If anyone’s being a prick, its you. Can’t communicate without insulting others = prick. Get lost, jerk off.

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      Internet tough guy!

  9. makeham98 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Put him in the press box for a week and make him listen to Joe Buck non-stop. He’d be willing to laser his own eyes to escape.

  10. thatyankeedude - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Where would you come up with a picture like that? Im impressed.

    • darthicarus - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Welcome to the internets.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      I can haz Googles?

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    BTW….awesome photo.

    This site is so much better than the Football one where every damn comment has to be approved, and it takes them hours to do it, and they discard ones for no reason whatsoever.

    Amazing to actually be able to INTERACT with other fans.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM


    • - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Welcome, but don’t be pointing any lasers at people unless they’re Phillies fans.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        No thanks. I don’t wanna get shot.

      • bravojawja - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        Philly fans don’t shoot people. They taze them.

  12. zzalapski - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    This has more to do with the photo Craig used than the article itself, but I feel compelled to post this:

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:48 AM

      Post of the day!

  13. vallewho - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I say cut-off the kids hands…

  14. - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I say let the kid walk. But in exchange for that this story must be mass emailed with return receipt to all his Dad’s and freinds Dad’s business associates.

  15. paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    It was Dustin Pedroia (Laser Show!) wasn’t it? Except for the 5 o’clock shadow and male pattern baldness….he could pass for a 17 yr old.

  16. cleverbob - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Typical behavior from the worst fans in baseball.

  17. raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    It was a stupid prank by a kid, and that’s all it was. A similar thing happened at a soccer match when a teenage boy shined a laser on a sideline judge and a security guard. They could not tell which of the boys (he was part of a fairly large group), so they were going to eject all of them until the boy stepped forward admitted it was him. At that point the security officer took him aside and explained exactly why it was not funny (laser sites) and then let him return to his seat minus the laser pointer.

  18. Walk - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    There is also a potential assault charge here. Not just from possible damage to a players eye, but also if someone was scared they had a gunsight on them and were afraid of bodily harm. Potential penalties vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, usually sentencing takes into account if nothing bad did happen but something could have so the penalties vary from a slap on the wrist to a few years in jail..

    • cleverbob - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Matheny’s whole eye could have exploded like a death star!

  19. stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    The kid should be banned for a year. No excuse whatsoever for doing that.
    Can you imagine if he pointed that thing at the pitcher at the very moment a batter sent a solid shot up the middle? I remember a few years back Pujols was batting in Philly and the same thing happened.
    Had the pitcher let one get away and it ran up and in on A.P. (while that laser was pointed in his eyes) there is no way he could see to try to move out of the way.

  20. jimeejohnson - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Don’t worry about this kid: his daddy’s rich!

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