Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

A warm, fuzzy feeling and a short, sharp shock


USA/The past week in baseball gave some fans a warm glow about their relationship with the game, and sent shivers down the spines of others worried about unruly fan behavior and the aggressive reaction to it.

The passing of 92-year-old Ernie Harwell, who broadcast Detroit Tigers games for 42 years, brought an outpouring of affection from fans, while the tasering of a teenager who disrupted a Phillies game with a frolic in the outfield raised disturbing questions about ballpark security.

Footage of the Philadelphia policeman firing the electrical charge to drop the trespasser to the ground seemed to be everywhere you looked on television and the Internet.

It raised a national debate about security for the players from the fans, and for the fans from overzealous officers.