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Red Sox restrict 2 fans for incident

Page 2 of 3 -- "They need to come down more harsh and stop holding us like we're not human," he said. "We are humans, too, and we're going to do human things and the human thing to do when someone hits you is to hit them back. Give us rights so they can't sue us for hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars. If I had brought him onto the field and bashed his head in, then all of a sudden, I get sued. That's just the unrealistic part about all of this.

"If you're out on the street, I guarantee that same guy won't put his hands on me. If I take him out of the stands and bring him onto the field, will I be in the right? That's what you look at. If you're going to be man enough to dish it out, you'd better be man enough to take it."

Sheffield was fielding Jason Varitek's triple when House reached over the wall and appeared to swing his arm in the direction of the right fielder. Sheffield picked up the ball, swung his gloved hand and his other hand in House's direction, then threw the ball toward the infield. Sheffield then turned to confront House but did not strike him. About that time 23-year-old Steven Chin, working security for the Red Sox in the visiting bullpen, jumped into the stands between Sheffield and House.

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said after yesterday's 12-7 win over the Blue Jays that he didn't think Sheffield should be disciplined. "Anyone with two eyes and good vision can see that he was watching the ball the whole way and got hit on the side of the head and reacted. He reacted calmer than a lot of people might have and a lot of people have in the past."

Sheffield would have the right to appeal any decision.

David Procopio, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said it will be up to Major League Baseball, the Red Sox security department or Sheffield himself to pursue criminal charges against the fan by applying for criminal complaints at Roxbury District Court. Procopio said his office is not currently investigating the incident.

Because of Patriots Day, Roxbury District Court -- where the process of obtaining criminal complaints against one or both of the men would begin -- was closed yesterday.

Boston Police spokesman Officer Michael McCarthy said the incident remains under investigation.

In prior incidents involving physical contact between athletes, Sox employees, and/or fans, Boston police provided information to Roxbury District Court Clerk-Magistrate Michael Neighbors, who then decided to hold hearings at which some witnesses testified under oath. Neighbors then considered that testimony in deciding whether to approve criminal complaints.   Continued...

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