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What happened to…the guys Jose Offerman hit with a bat?

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On August 14, 2007, Long Island Duck’s player and former major leaguer Jose Offerman hit a first inning homerun in an Atlantic League game against the Bridgeport Blues. In his next at-bat, Offerman was plunked in the calf.

Offerman charged the mound with bat in hand. He hit Blue’s pitcher Matt Beech, breaking his finger. He also connected with catcher John Nathans, hitting him in the head.

Offerman was arrested at the ballpark and charged with felony assault. He received two years accelerated rehabilitation. Offerman was suspended from the Atlantic League indefinitely, but not from all of baseball. He is currently coaching the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

Matt Beech is out of baseball, not because of the injury sustained that night, but because he was already 35-years-old at the time of the attack.

John Nathans is out of baseball, however, because of the injury he sustained that night.

Nathans attempted to stay in the game, but once back behind the plate, he began dry heaving. The stadium lights became especially harsh, too. Between innings, Nathans passed out in the dugout.

He has not played since.

His life has changed dramatically. Instead of catching fastballs and breaking balls, he works at a desk as a paralegal. Even in such a limited physical activity job, Nathans has trouble focusing due to the effects of that night. He claims that the attack is responsible for daily headaches, bouts of nausea, and dizzy spells. He can not move or bend without some sort of discomfort.

In February, Nathans sued Offerman for $4.8 million. According to the Boston Globe, the lawsuit isn’t for money but for “making someone accountable for their actions.”

According to multiple sources, Offerman has publicly apologized but never reached out to either player injured in the attack.

Written by dylansharek

May 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

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