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Minor league brawl lasts over an hour and injures fan; 17 ejected; player arrested
2008-07-24 22:23
by Bob Timmermann

15 players and both managers were ejected from a Midwest League game between Peoria and Dayton at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. A fan was hurt when Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo threw a ball in the stands. The game was delayed for over an hour by the incident and Castillo was arrested and charged with felony assault.

Some of the ejections were reversed so the game would not have to be completed with pitchers playing in the field.

The summary reveals all the gory details.

Dayton Daily News story and video.

2008-07-24 23:33:57
1.   Eric Stephen
Wow. Julio Castillo looked to be channeling his inner Armando Benitez. Ugly stuff.
2008-07-24 23:43:06
2.   Eric Enders
I wonder what was said in Dayton's dugout (at 0:21 in the video) that was severe enough to

1) Cause both umpires to turn away from the two managers who were clearly about to fight each other, and turn their attention to the dugout instead, and

2) Provoke the guy to throw the baseball immediately afterward.

2008-07-24 23:45:15
3.   trainwreck
Was he trying to throw it in the stands? I couldn't tell from video.

Not the brightest idea to be chucking fastballs around you friggin nutcase.

2008-07-24 23:46:36
4.   Bob Timmermann
The reports indicate that Castillo tried to throw the ball at someone in the dugout and missed and it bounced off the roof.
2008-07-24 23:54:59
5.   Eric Enders
Usually a player who did what Castillo did would be released pretty quickly by the parent organization. I wonder if the Cubs will do that with Castillo, though, since he's one of the best pitchers in minor league baseball. Of his last eight starts, seven of them have been scoreless and he's posted a 0.75 ERA in that span.

He's considered a non-prospect by Baseball America, though. (Not in the Cubs top 30.)

2008-07-25 03:47:20
6.   berkowit28
Is it really called "Fifth Third Field"? How many Third fields can one place have? Not, maybe, "Fifth and Third" like the intersection of two streets/avenues?
2008-07-25 03:55:37
7.   DXMachina
6 - Fifth Third is the name of the midwestern bank that bought the naming rights to the field. From Wikipedia:

"Fifth Third's unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger of two banks, The Fifth National Bank and The Third National Bank, to become The Fifth Third National Bank of Cincinnati. Because the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist ideas were gaining popularity, it was believed that "Fifth Third" was better than "Third Fifth," which could be construed as a reference to three "fifths" of alcohol."

2008-07-25 09:40:26
8.   berkowit28
OK, thanks for looking it up. You'd think they'd have either just called it Third, or Sixth.

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