You remember Robert Eaton, the Tampa Bay Rays fan who wanted an autograph from the Phillies’ J.C. Romero last week, and wound up getting throttled by the pitcher. Now Eaton wants more than a signature — he wants cash. It’s litigation time at the Trop! (Jaunty organ music here).
That’s not actually Eaton pictured on the right above, although that’s how I pictured him while he was talking, along with his attorney Jim Magazine, on WIP radio in Philadelphia on Tuesday. I wonder, did the interview conclude with a call-in segment? I would have loved to hear that, since they were in Philadelphia. Anyway, as Jimmy Shapiro of Sports Radio Interviews.com points out: “Eaton talks of a neck injury and I can totally see a Brady Bunch type neck brace in a court setting for this clown.”
How it all went down - according to Eaton, anyway:
“Thursday in Tampa after the baseball game, I went down to the wall, pretty close to the bullpen as far as where the Phillies pitchers were and tried to get some autographs from the players. They all kind of shrugged me off. JC Romero was the last one, he left the bullpen by himself. After he shrugged me off, I made a comment to him about his steroid use.
“He stopped right in his tracks, he approached me at the wall where I was standing and he proceeded to me and told me to shut the F up and that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I told him I know he did 50 games for steroids. When he proceeded to tell me to shut the F up, I said, “the fact of it is you served 50 games for steroids.” At that time, that’s when he physically touched me.
“I was physically hurt. I have a neck injury right now.” [Attorney chimes in] “Right now, we haven’t determined the nature and extent of the injury. We’ll be seeking compensation for the medical bills and the injuries he sustained. We sent a letter to the Phillies and Mr. Romero and we’ll send him all the documentation outlining the nature and extent of his injuries. If we can resolve it without a lawsuit, we’ll be happy to do so.”