Be beyond careful, Little Leaguers. One errant throw could cost you thousands in lawyer's fees.
Off the Bench's Rick Chandler spotted a nice little news item about one 11-year old, a poorly thrown ball and a woman who was hit that is now suing said little boy.
CBS Sports has the complete report on Matthew Migliaccio, a 13-year old boy who is in the middle of a lawsuit brought by Elizabeth Lloyd, a woman he once hit with a baseball when he was 11-years old.
The report maintains Lloyd is out for $150,000 in damages.
That's one hell of a piggy bank. Screw that, this kind of dough will demand a nation's supply of piggy banks.
The lawsuit was filed on April 24th and demanded local officers even serve the young boy papers.
Lloyd contends Migliaccio threw an errant ball that battered her into, "severe, painful and permanent" injuries.
Her husband is also drawing suit for a mind-numbing charge: loss of "services, society and consortium" of his wife.
The young boy was apparently warming up a pitcher when he overthrew his fellow little league pal and struck Lloyd. The woman contends the throw has caused her irreparable harm.
Migliaccio's lawyer, Anthony Pagano, sounds off:
I just think that it's disgusting that you have people suing an 11-year-old kid for overthrowing his pitcher in the bullpen. It's horrible this can actually happen and get this far. Ultimately, hopefully, justice will prevail.
This leaves Migliaccio's father, Bob Migliaccio, to sit back and watch as his son is taken to task over something every last boy with a baseball has done: let it get away from them.
Bob Migliaccio stated he might feel differently had his son been horsing around, but he was merely trying to warm up a pitcher and his son just threw one away.
They should have every last major leaguer with the yips called in to testify.
Lloyd's representative couldn't be reached for their side of the story, so we temper our thoughts...a bit.
This is still something that leaves a sick and disgusting feeling in our stomach. If this is simply a matter of a young boy failing to be perfect with his throw, we hope Lloyd is taken to task for her deplorable act.
Accidents happen, but you don't have to ruin a little boy's life because you decided to sit near a couple of them having a catch.
Little League parents continue to be the best way to ruin the game of baseball.
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