Hanley Ramirez is currently down in Sydney, Australia with the rest of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates preparing for the season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, and apparently that's a much safer place for him to be. As we learned on Wednesday, the all-star shortstop nearly found himself in the middle of a volatile situation that developed between autograph seeking fans and Dodgers security during the opening week of spring training,
The ugly incident took place at the Dodgers’ Spring Training home in Glendale, Arizona. Video was placed on Youtube on Feb. 15 by Daniel Lee. Stephen Douglas over at The Big Lead came across it and posted the footage on Wednesday. It's about two minutes long and contains graphic language, so be forewarned before clicking play.
What you'll see is a skirmish already underway involving security and a male fan decked out in Dodger blue. Females described as family members of the fan attempt to pull security away and begin swinging and connecting with a few slaps to the guards . Eventually, one of the females takes a hard tumble to the ground after being shaken off by a guard.
At a couple points the altercation seemed destined to reach another level of crazy, but thankfully it ended relatively peacefully and without any apparent injuries.
As for the origin of the altercation, here's Lee's description from his Youtube video:
A lot of fans were being aggressive when Hanley Ramirez came to sign autographs and I think one of the daughters of the family tried to go under the ropes to the other side, which had less people, but that wasn't allowed. And when the security approached her and her family, the family started saying pretty rude stuff to the security. I think the security had enough and tried to escort them out, which led to this.
Shameful behavior by the adults involved if accurate. And that's not to say security handled it perfectly, either. We can't hear or see anything that happened before the melee broke out, but what we do see leaves you wondering if anyone handled the situation in the best way possible.
It's just an unfortunate, unnecessary and all around ugly scene. But with all of those things said, it probably could have been worse.
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