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Fan arrested for throwing tube at Bonds
2006-04-18 09:30
by Bob Timmermann

Ahh, yes a drive-by tubing.

Actually, a fan at Chase Field threw a tube, initially identified as being filled with toothpaste, but later identified as "sports gel" toward Barry Bonds. Police arrested a suspect, Mark Greggersen, a 23-year old from Show Low, Arizona.

Greggersen was quoted as saying he had a longtime grudge against Bonds.

"My problems with Barry Bonds started long before steroids," Greggersen told a reporter from the East Valley Tribune, who found the Mesa Community College student in the left-field bleachers. "It was the lack of an autograph for a 7-year-old."

So Greggersen was the 7-year old in question? He has a beef that goes back to 1990 or 1991? If so, that's some high quality grudge holding for a young kid.

I've held a grudge against Frank Robinson since 1972, but I have yet to throw anything at him. I've decided to retroactively hold a grudge against Jim Ray Hart since 1968.

2006-04-18 09:57:21
1.   Another Tom
Not only that, but Show Low is at least a 3 hour drive with no traffic from BOB, err, Chase Field - I still can't get used to that. So not only did he harbor this grudge, but he spent the entire day in preparation and travel to fling a tube at him. At least get creative - throw handcuffs at him, or a warrant, or something clever.
2006-04-18 10:00:25
2.   Bob Timmermann
So you're saying that this is First Degree Tubing? Done with malice aforethought?
2006-04-18 11:32:33
3.   Jacob L
There are plenty of sports figures that I dislike or "hate" in the disconnected, media-enabled fashion. Bonds is certainly one of them

I'm in the awkward position of having only one long-running, first hand sports grudge, and its with a certifiable legend bordering on sainthood.

Walter Payton.

When I was 12, my cousin and I went to a Bears' practice. We were the only kids around. A good number of players came and talked with us, signed autographs, let us try on helmets, etc. Gary Fencik and Dan Hampton stood out. Jim McMahon, believe or not, was cool.

Not Payton. He went way out his way to avoid us. Plus, his practice routine was prima donna in every way. He entered and left the field from his own tunnel.

Obviously, you can't argue with the guy's results, nor can you speak ill of the deceased, but to say the least, I was always befuddled by his public image.

2006-04-18 15:34:23
4.   grandcosmo
I once heard beloved Pittsburgh icon Willie "Pops" Stargell refuse to sign autographs for a bunch of kids while making racially motivated remarks toward them.

Just goes to show that not everyone is at their best at all times.

2006-11-21 13:49:05
5.   Marha
Ya too bad you people are pretty misinformed. He's not from Show Low, he lives in the Phoenix area. It wasn't against Barry, it's against the use of steroids, Barry just happens to be the spokesman for roids in the MLB. I was going to the game to watch Steve Finley, my favorite player and he decided to come along pretty last minute. Ya I know because I am his sister.

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