Bloomberg complains of Pedro's actions

Updated: October 13, 2003, 4:25 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez should have been arrested for throwing 72-year-old Yankees coach Don Zimmer to the ground during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

"If that happened in New York we would have arrested the perpetrator," Bloomberg said. "Nobody should throw a 70-year-old man to the ground, period. You start doing that pretty soon you're going to throw a 61-year-old man to the ground, and I have a big vested interest in that."

"You just cannot assault people, even if it's on a baseball field," added Bloomberg, who was asked about Saturday's bench-clearing matchup before marching in the Bronx Columbus Day Parade.

Bloomberg was referring to a fourth-inning melee in which Zimmer lunged at Martinez and Martinez grabbed the older man by the head and tossed him to the ground. Zimmer was taken to a hospital after the game as a precaution; he was later released with a small cut on the bridge of his nose.

The mayor did not comment on the ninth-inning scuffle between two Yankees players and a member of the Boston grounds crew. Boston police said Sunday they were seeking witnesses to that fight.

The Yankees won Saturday's game 4-3.

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