Julio Castillo Minor League Pitcher for Peoria Chiefs Arrested for Felonious Assault … Throws Ball that hit a fan during Brawl


Maybe some one would like to remind these folks that its a game.Wtf_dude

The following two videos have to be seen to be believed. It doesn’t get any more ugly than this. Julio Castillo, a pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs was arrested and charged with felonious assault as he threw a baseball into the stands during last nights free for all brawl and injured a fan. What the hell was this fool thinking? The pitcher tried to throw the ball into the opposition dugout, which is not too brilliant, however the ball sailed high and into the stands striking a fan. There is still no word as to the name of the injured fan or their injuries. The brawl between the Dayton Dragons Peoria Chiefs lasted about 10 minutes and 15 players were ejected.

The fan, who remains unidentified, was treated at Miami Valley Hospital and released, said hospital spokeswoman Nancy Thickel. She didn’t know the extent of the fan’s injuries.

The 21-year-old Castillo was arraigned Friday via video from the Montgomery County jail and ordered held on $50,000 bond. Dayton Municipal Judge Carl Henderson also required Castillo, who is from the Dominican Republic, to surrender his passport.

“This charge is a result of outlandish and inexcusable conduct by a professional baseball player,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. said in a statement.

 (check out the 0.13 mark where the picture fired the ball into the crowd)

Check out the video below taken by a fan and the absolute melee that occurred during this brawl. The video is a bit jumpy but really captures the insanity of what took place as if you were there. The brawl took place between the single A affiliates for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.


VIDEO … more

Posted July 25, 2008 by
Bizarre, Sports, WTF | 7 comments

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    7 Responses to “Julio Castillo Minor League Pitcher for Peoria Chiefs Arrested for Felonious Assault … Throws Ball that hit a fan during Brawl”

    1. richard on July 26th, 2008 6:48 am

      True, it’s only a game (so is chess) … but it’s also something called a sport.

      What’s that term they used to use? I think that it was something like ‘sportsmanship.’

      In other words, there were ways that athletes were supposed to behave. Almost as if image and common decency were real things … and that these people had a responsibility to their public, especially to the kids who dreamed of being, let’s say, professional athletes some day.

      Now it’s become just another money game. Sooner or later, let’s hope, the patina of ‘glory’ will dissipate, and all the PR people in the world won’t be able to restore the faded image.

      Like everything else in our society, it seems, the belief that there are rules has yielded to the imperative: go after the dollar signs. To hell with anything else.

      And are we paying the price, in EVERY way!

    2. richard on July 26th, 2008 6:51 am

      I don’t know or care about baseball (gone are the days of athletes like Lou Gehrig, who played game after game, despite racking physical pain, simply because he thought that was what he was supposed to do as a baseball player) … BUT:

      In my eyes, every player who took part in these brawls, without exception, should be banned from the ‘sport’ for life.

      Anything less will show the extent to which the ideals that at least USED to be associated with the sport, and with the idea of ‘sportsmanship,’ have gone forever.

    3. richard on July 26th, 2008 7:19 am

      Personal disclosure, as they say these days: Lou Gehrig was one of MY boyhood heroes. No doubt the books that I read were one-sided; few heroes are without a foot of clay. But his dedication was something that ranks with integrity, decency, and all those things that society USED to value.

      Anyone reading this who has kids, especially kids who like sports … you can do a lot worse than have your kids read about Lou Gehrig. He defied mounting personal pain and physical degeneration, and played game after game after game.

      Why? Because he was a baseball player, and thought that he was privileged to be on the New York Yankees, knew that his fans and his team were counting on him … and, in short, thought that responsibilities came with the job.

      So he just went to the field every day and did his best, until he could do no more. He finally gave up the game, as I recall, when what later became known as Lou Gehrig’s disease had ravaged him to such an extent that he was incapable.

      Quite a lesson for kids in any time.

      Maybe the judge in this case should rule that each of the thugs … uh, sorry, “athletes” (that USED to be a term of pride) … who took part in this melee read the story of Lou Gehrig and do a book report on it.

      If they know how to read, that is.

    4. Scared Monkeys on July 26th, 2008 9:04 am

      Wait until the law suit is filed on this one. Both personally against the athlete and the organization.

      There will be a criminal and civil suit here.

    5. richard on July 26th, 2008 9:48 am

      I wonder if the league, or whoever, has the power to make an administrative decision to suspend them. That would at least have the authority of an unambiguous moral statement.

    6. anilee on July 28th, 2008 8:13 pm

      Announced today Castillo has been released from the league and bond posted. No word on the injured fan. I attended the game Friday night, most players were second string and the game was played very low keyed and by the book.

    7. anilee on July 29th, 2008 11:26 am

      oops, my apologies. It was a Dragon’s 2nd baseman Cabrera, who was fired and who Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo — apparently aiming for Cabrera — threw a ball into the stands, hitting a fan. More suspensions to come.

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