It’s embarrassing to be caught with your pants down (or, in this case, your very droopy eyelids), but one baseball fan who caught some flack for catching some Z’s at a recent Yankees vs. Red Sox game isn’t taking the criticism lying down — perhaps because he sleeps sitting up.
During a recent game between the two rival teams, Yankees fan Andrew Rector was filmed snoozing in his seat at Yankee Stadium. In response, Rector has filed a $10 million defamation suit against the team, ESPN and the MLB, stating that the ESPN commentators who covered the game — Dan Shulman and John Kruk — hurled an “avalanche of disparaging words” in his direction.
According to Rector’s typo-filled suit, Shulman and Kruk’s nationally-broadcasted “false statements” include suggestions that Rector is “not worthy” to be a Yankee fan, “is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure,” and is “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”
As a result, Rector, who works as a used car salesman, claims to have “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation,” as well as “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”
Here’s the video in question — while the commentators do muse about how a person might sleep through the roar of 45,000 cheering fans (seriously, how is that possible??), and wonder why his friend isn’t bothering to wake him (friendship over), they don’t quite go so far as to call him a “fatty cow,” whatever that means.