The guy who fell asleep during a Yankee game would like $10 million for his pain and suffering.
He doesn't look that sensitive.
UPDATE: The guy who fell asleep during a Yankees game and was goofed on by the announcers that you'd already forgotten about would now like to be known as a guy with no sense of humor that is suing anyone remotely connected to the incident for 10 million dollars.
That guy is Andrew Robert Rector, who was at a Yankees-Red Sox game back on April 13th, and by the 4th inning was doing what most people do after watching 3 innings of baseball in April, catching Zs and dreaming about football. Except that most people are at home on their couch when they conk out, not sitting at the game while it's airing on ESPN.
When the camera cut to Rector, the game's announcers had some lighthearted fun at his expense, wondering how long he'd been asleep and speculating about a potential neck cramp. The worst thing said in the clip was when play-by-play man Dan Schulman asked his partner Jon Kruk if Rector was a relative, alluding to the fact that neither of them have a future in swimsuit modeling.
In the suit, Rector claims the announcers portrayed him as a "fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure," as if he was George Costanza eating ice cream at the US Open. The bizarre wording makes is seem like Rector may be much harder on himself than Kruk or Schulman. It also makes it seem like Rector wrote it while still half asleep (Kidding! Don't sue).
Now Rector and his lawyer believe the used car salesman's pain will be eased by a fat (Again...) payday. From the New York Post:
Rector was made out to be “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”
As a result, the used-car dealer claims to have “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation,” as well as “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”
Put simply, he's taking it pretty hard. Which means he'll likely be really upset when his suit is thrown out by a judge familiar with the legalese on the back of a MLB baseball ticket.
If nothing else, even if the suit gets thrown out of court, I have a feeling he won't be losing any sleep over it.
(by Jonathan Corbett)