Phillies fans have long been known for being hard on the opposing team, opposing fans, J.D. Drew and most of all, the home team players. But lately, with things like college night and dollar dogs and an apparently rowdy pre-game tailgate scene, they’ve mostly fought among themselves.
Well, next time you find yourself among the drunks outside of Citizen’s Bank Park, know this: one of them just might be fighting for your freedom. From the Philadelphia Daily News:
At his sentencing hearing yesterday, Michael Redrow learned that he’s headed somewhere far more dangerous than prison.
The 22-year-old resident of Mantua, Gloucester County, will be going to the Middle East for at least a year – and it’s exactly what he and his attorney wanted.
Redrow, a member of New Jersey’s National Guard, was convicted last month, along with another Mantua man, of simple assault and criminal conspiracy stemming from a brawl at a Phillies game last year.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom granted Redrow’s request yesterday to be sentenced to at least a year of nonreporting probation, which will allow him to be deployed in just a few weeks.
“That is more punishment than any probation or any period of incarceration,” attorney Vincent Campo said in court yesterday. “He’ll be told what to do, when to do it and why, by the U.S. Army.”
Before a Phillies game on Aug. 10, 2007, Redrow approached Rich Riskie Jr., also of Mantua, and a girlfriend in a parking lot near Citizens Bank Park.
Redrow asked Riskie for a beer. When he wouldn’t give one up, words were exchanged and things got physical, Campo said.
Riskie was left with a fractured skull and spent several days in a coma, but Campo said his client was guilty only of giving Riskie a split lip.