According to many media sources, ex-Met reliever and current Brave pitching coach Roger McDowell made quite a spectacle of himself last weekend while the Braves were in San Francisco visiting the Giants.
Here is the report from what we hope will be a reliable source, WFAN and the AP:
The gist of it is that McDowell responded rather rudely to some men apparently heckling him during batting practice. Then it got much worse, as a father with young girls in the area told McDowell to watch what he was saying, as many kids were around.
McDowell, never among the most mature or thoughtful of players, allegedly approached the father with a bat, and threatened him, while also saying that kids didn’t belong at the ballpark.
If true, this story is especially disturbing, as McDowell is a long-retired coach, and is 50 years old; he should, at this point, know much, much better.
One can hope that if McDowell did indeed approach a father with young girls with a bat and utter threatening words, that he is rewarded with a very long and very costly suspension.
Should this story turn out to be true, it will be a very interesting test as to how much MLB really does want to protect the often-threatened family atmosphere it should heartily support at its games.