Not making this up! Major league baseball player shot on bus while in drag.


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jsalcedo
September 30, 2004, 09:50 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3049124


Associated Press



Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Denney won't complain about having to dress like a cheerleader again. The white go-go boots that went with the outfit might have prevented a bullet from seriously injuring his leg.

The rookie was hit in the right calf by a shot that came through the side of the Indians' bus in Kansas City late Wednesday as the team traveled to the airport after a victory over the Royals. The bullet caused only a flesh wound, probably because of the tough leather of the knee-high boot, Denney and his trainers said.

Kyle Denney is 1-2 with a 9.56 ERA in four starts with the Indians this year. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

All of Cleveland's rookies were decked out in outrageous outfits on the bus, part of a hazing ritual. An Oklahoma native, Denney said his teammates told him to dress as a USC cheerleader because the Sooners are ranked second behind Southern California in The Associated Press college football poll.

"I've never been so glad to have a USC thing on," Denney said Thursday at a news conference in Minneapolis, where the Indians traveled for a weekend series against the Twins.

Kevin Hallinan, senior vice president of security for the commissioner's office, met with Kansas City police Thursday regarding the shooting, which happened as the bus traveled along a highway ramp.

Hallinan said the shooting appeared to be random, and that police had no suspects.

"It's a random act. These situations happen, unfortunately in this day and age, a little too often," he said, adding he doesn't think there was anything major league baseball could've done to prevent the incident.

Team trainers removed the bullet from Denney's leg while he was still on the bus, and he stayed overnight at a Kansas City hospital before rejoining his team.

"The way he handled the situation was pretty awesome," said outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who was sitting across the aisle from Denney and was grazed by debris. "Now I know the guy can pitch in the big leagues, 'cause he got shot by a bullet and was about as calm as can be."

Indians spokesman Bart Swain said there was momentary panic on the bus before teammates realized Denney wasn't seriously hurt, and Ludwick said that's when "a lot of jokes started flying."

The 27-year-old Denney, who started Wednesday night's game against the Royals, said he hopes the shooter realizes the consequences could have been much worse.

"I thought it was just another prank, like a firecracker or something," Denney said. "I didn't know I was shot until I saw the blood."

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ZeroX
September 30, 2004, 09:52 PM
Someone isn't much of a Cleveland fan.

444
September 30, 2004, 10:00 PM
Or maybe he looked at his stats: Denney is 1-2 with a 9.56 ERA

Ok, that was wrong.

c_yeager
September 30, 2004, 10:02 PM
Kyle Denney is 1-2 with a 9.56 ERA in four starts with the Indians this year. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

Apparently he makes a much better catcher...

foghornl
October 1, 2004, 08:41 AM
Sheeeshhhhhhhh

I thought us long-suffering Cleveland Sports Fans were the butt of enough jokes........now this ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

I know the 'rookies' in any pro sport take a lot of [ahem] guff from the veterans; however, this gives a new twist to 'take one for the team'

Rupestris
October 1, 2004, 08:55 AM
Do those boots come in "tactical" black?

joe sixpack
October 1, 2004, 01:31 PM
I think someone's still mad about the Rocky Colavito for Harvey Kuenn trade...

cheers, js

simmonsguns
October 1, 2004, 02:33 PM
yet a nother reason not to go see our record breaking team,102 losses this season.we should flatten bolth stadiums and open a big water park instead.we had a fan in the stadium some years back get shot from the hyway by the stadium,middle of the game.this is just more fodder for the city and state goverment to never allow CC.god i hate this state.

Kharn
October 2, 2004, 08:09 AM
Which would be worse?
Telling your mom that you got shot, or telling your mom you were wearing the clothing of the other sex at the time?

Kharn

Sistema1927
October 2, 2004, 09:45 AM
I remember my Mom telling me to wear clean underwear in case I was in an accident.

She didn't find it necessary to tell me to wear gender appropriate undies.

Gabby Hayes
October 2, 2004, 12:39 PM
With an ERA like that I bet it was one of the pitching coaches that done it. :D The Tribe hasn't been any good since "beer night" back in '74.

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