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this is perhaps one of the weirdest/funniest things ever. randall simon, a baseball player, hits an italian sausage mascot on the head as it runs by. i'm not even going to ponder why the hell you would have a mascot as an italian sauage, but anyway..<br><br><br><br>
you can see the hilarious video footage of it <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/players/video?skin=basic&id=1578938&rate=100&format=wmp" target="_blank">here</a><br><br><br><br>
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Simon won't be charged after hitting mascot with bat<br><br>
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MILWAUKEE -- In a bizarre scene during a popular costume race at Milwaukee Brewers games, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon bopped a woman dressed as a huge Italian sausage with a bat and was arrested.<br><br><br><br>
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Prosecutors decided Thursday not to file criminal charges, though Simon was fined $432 for disorderly conduct.<br><br><br><br>
The incident happened during the seventh-inning stretch, as four team employees dressed as an oversized bratwurst, a hot dog and Italian and Polish sausages were racing past the Pirates' dugout.<br><br><br><br>
As they jogged by, Simon swatted the Italian sausage, who went down in a heap. The giant hot dog, 19-year-old Veronica Piech, stumbled over the sausage and also tumbled to the ground. The two women wearing the costumes were treated for scraped knees.<br><br><br><br>
The woman in the Italian sausage costume, 19-year-old Mandy Block, thought the whole thing was "kind of funny."<br><br><br><br>
"It just seems ridiculous," Block told WTMJ-TV of Milwaukee. "It's like a big sausage getting hit by a bat causes all this controversy. It just seems kind of funny to me.<br><br><br><br>
"It wasn't that big of a blow. I think just because I'm so small and it's such a big costume that I tumbled."<br><br><br><br>
"It was very strange," Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said.<br><br><br><br>
Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery, but Deputy District Attorney Jon Reddin said Thursday that the women "were not interested in having him charged criminally" and didn't believe Simon meant to hurt them, so the battery charges were dismissed.<br><br><br><br>
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement Thursday afternoon.<br><br><br><br>
"Major League Baseball deeply regrets the incident that took place at Miller Park last night and extends its regards to the victims. We are reviewing the situation pending the disposition of the criminal charges against Randall Simon of the Pittsburgh Pirates.<br><br><br><br>
"Obviously, the type of behavior exhibited by Mr. Simon is anathema to the family entertainment that we are trying to provide in our ball parks and is wholly unacceptable.<br><br><br><br>
Simon said he didn't deliberately try to knock down the 18-year-old in the sausage costume.<br><br><br><br>
"That wasn't my intention in my heart for that to happen," he said before a Thursday game at Miller Park. "I was just trying to get a tap at the costume and for her to finish the race."<br><br><br><br>
"I thought at the moment they were trying to play with us. They were running right next to the players," he said. "I'm a fun player, and I've never hurt anyone in my life."<br><br><br><br>
Rock 102, a Milwaukee radio station, will allow listeners to take swings at a Simon pinata later in the afternoon.<br><br><br><br>
Simon said after the game that he hoped to apologize to the woman before he left Milwaukee. Earlier Thursday, however, he said he had talked to her and, "I don't need to talk to her again. So I got nothing to say."<br><br><br><br>
Sanders said he thought the weight of the sausage costume contributed to the fall. "It maybe made it look worse than it was," Sanders said. "It was an unfortunate situation and, hopefully, it gets resolved."<br><br><br><br>
Rick Schlesinger, the Brewers' executive vice president for business operations, said he felt Simon's "conduct is just unjustified."<br><br><br><br>
The Pirates issued a statement Thursday saying they do not condone Simon's behavior and will address the issue internally.<br><br><br><br>
Later that day, four new people were inside the costumes, and Pirates players moved into the dugout and away from the field during the race.<br><br><br><br>
"They're rounding the Pirates dugout -- they've made it safely," said Robb Edwards, the Brewers announcer, to the wild cheers of fans on their feet.<br><br><br><br>
Fittingly, the Italian sausage won.<br></div>
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That is so funny! Last night my Dad told me about it (since I loathe meat products, he thought it was funny to have an opportunity to talk about sausage or something....) and I was laughing but I couldn't find a clip. What really cracks me up is that its one of those "only in America" moments. I mean, racing sausages?!?!<br><br>
*lol*<br><br>
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still kinda messed up... I could see hitting her on accident, if he was doing practice swings, but to do it on purpose.. man...<br><br><br><br>
Can you imagine trying to get up with that heavy costume on?
 

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my kids, whom I swear are going to be actors in the future, are reinacting the sausage incident.... I just heard my son say: Im an Italian sausage and he ran across the room with a blanket on him...
 

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Blown way out of proportion. I saw the footage - he tapped someone in a huge foam costume with a bat. Not battery. Not disorderly conduct.<br><br><br><br>
Hell, if someone raced by me dressed like a huge sausage...I'd tap them with my bat, too!
 

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I think the guy acted pretty stupid, I mean, the fact that knocking (or tapping, whatever) the sausage down with his bat was all he could contribute to a fun event, speaks for itself.<br><br><br><br>
On the lighter side, I heard that at some places these sausage races now feature a soydog contender. Anyone know more about that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Hell, i[f] someone raced by me dressed like a huge sausage...I'd tap them with my bat, too!</b></div>
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Hell yeah! Simon was fined $430. He signed two baseball bats for the girl, which should be worth <i>something</i>. With the money he makes, I'm sure he'd do it all over again. IT WAS FUNNY!!!
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Blown way out of proportion. I saw the footage - he tapped someone in a huge foam costume with a bat. Not battery. Not disorderly conduct.<br><br><br><br>
Hell, i someone raced by me dressed like a huge sausage...I'd tap them with my bat, too!</b></div>
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Would you throw fake blood and feathers on them?<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, I'll shut up. I expected you to have a different take is all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Peebs</i><br><br><b>Would you throw fake blood and feathers on them?<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, I'll shut up. I expected you to have a different take is all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></b></div>
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Not in this case. His was an innocent action - abusing the mascots is a an athletic tradition.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to compare this to a PETA ******* attacking someone on the street at random, then you're not thinking clearly.
 

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It's worth mentioning that this was not a professional mascot, but a fan picked from the crowed IIRC. I'm not saying the two incidents are the same: the PETA idiots were trying to get attention and had a more malicious intent whereas Simon was just goofing around. I was just expecting you to have a different perspective on the incident, though I definitely understand (and to an extent agree with) your logic. My personal opinion was that the whole incident was HILARIOUS, though Simon is lucky the woman had a sense of humour and wasn't/didn't pretend to be injured.
 

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I don't think you could legitimately pretend to be injured if you are wrapped in 5' of foam. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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