The Ballpark

What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington?

My thoughts are split between, “home” and “The Temple.”

Maybe it’s your escape, a place where you can watch the great game and grab some overpriced adult beverages. Maybe it’s a place where you take your children and spend most of your time in the “Kid Zone,” while they try to hit a home run and clock their pitch speed.

But how many of you could imagine the ballpark could be a place of nightmares, a place that you were beaten within an inch of you life?

For Rangers fan, Frank Platt, this became a horrifying reality after game six of the ALCS.

Richie Whitt (@richiewhitt) first broke this story on his blog on his CBS Dallas blog on Thursday, November 17, 2011. In the article, he details the personal horror experienced by Platt and his wife following game six.

Imagine being at that game. You and your wife are experiencing the post-game elation, sitting in folding chairs outside your car; high fiving Ranger fans and enjoying your beer.

And then everything changes.

I won’t go into details; you can read the article here http://tinyurl.com/7mp6g8c

One hears about something like this happening to Bryan Stow outside of Dodgers Stadium in LA. But this happened in our backyard, in our stadium. A place that so many of us call home.

And the cowards responsible have never been caught.

As I am sitting here with my thoughts, I am finding it difficult to properly express my anger. I want to help Mr. Platt and his family. I want to install security cameras on every lamppost in every parking lot. I want to find the perpetrators and have them punished to the full extent of the law.

Yet, I am helpless. I cannot fix this, and I can never take away the horrific experience that Platt and his wife endured.

I suppose the purpose of writing this is to emphasize how much I love the game of baseball, and how much I hate when it is reduced to providing an avenue  to a senseless crime. The purity of baseball has come into sharp scrutiny frequently over the last ten years. But nothing compares to this. This is heinous. This is wrong. And we all should be outraged.

Our ballparks need to be safe, win or lose. They need to be a beacon of hope, not an example of violence,

In a time when I want to be writing about free agents, CJ, and Maddux, I am writing about assault in the parking lots in my most sacred of places. And it makes me sick.

The Texas Rangers are paying for Mr. Platt’s medical bills, and that is commendable. But this is a situation that should never have to come up. Should not be tolerated.

This should be a non issue.
Unfortunately for Platt and his wife, it will be one of the biggest issues of their entire lives.

Mike McGehee

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