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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Man injured in Red Sox-Yankees dispute receives $4.3M jury award

06.28.13 at 8:02 am ET
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MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Mariners, 10 p.m. (WGN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

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♦ A Red Sox fan from New Hampshire who was severely injured after being stabbed through the neck by a Yankees fan at a Connecticut restaurant in 2010 received a $4.3 million judgment against the restaurant for being negligent in failing to prevent the attack.

The jury in New Haven ruled in favor of 45-year-old Monte Freire and against the restaurant, U.S.S. Chowder Pot III, in Branford, Conn.

Freire’s attorney, Timothy Pothin, said bartenders ignored warnings that Jon Mayor — now serving a 10-year prison sentence for the attack after being convicted of assault — was harassing patrons and trying to start a fight because he thought they were Red Sox fans in Yankees territory, and the establishment continued to serve Mayor alcohol up until the unprovoked attack.

Pothin said that Freire suffered life-altering injuries, including a brain injury, a stroke, impaired speech and vision, and severe scarring.

“We’re grateful that the jury was very attentive. They understood our case and held the Chowder Pot responsible for its employees’ negligence,” Pothin said. “Perhaps this will provide a lesson to other bars and nightclubs in our community and their insurance carriers who continue to maintain untenable positions in cases of clear negligence.”

The restaurant’s attorney claimed restaurant staff was monitoring the situation in a reasonable manner, and he plans appeal the verdict.

“They warned the bartender the guy was acting like a jerk,” Jan Trendowski said. “How they make the jump from jerk to stabbing, that’s the real issue here. What is the sane response to the insane situation? If you don’t know why he stabbed him how can you possibly say that something contributed to it?”

♦ The Alex Rodriguez saga took another turn Wednesday, with a report that the third baseman told the team in a conference call that he is not ready to return to the field, despite excitedly tweeting out a message the other day that he had been cleared by his doctor.

“I’m not sure when I can come back,” Rodriguez told general manager Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine, according to an ESPN report. “It could be in July. It could be in August. It could be I won’t be able to play at all this year.”

A day earlier, the New York Daily News quoted a source as saying that Rodriguez was rushing his return but planned to quickly retire and claim a medical disability, allowing him to collect his full salary ($114 million over the next five years) even if Major League Baseball suspends him for his latest performance-enhancing drug issue.

ESPN, meanwhile, had a source claim that the team was delaying Rodriguez’s return in order to collect insurance on his $28 million salary this year. Cashman and Levine denied that accusations, and they reportedly told A-Rod the same in Wednesday’s phone call.

“Make no mistake, if Alex Rodriguez is healthy, we want him and I want him playing third base for us yesterday,” Cashman said. “He’s doing everything, I know, in his power to get here to do that. We’re clearly a better team with him. We’re not holding him back. We’re not trying to hold him back. We’re obviously taking every step in the process.”

Said Levine: “Nobody wants to delay him. The sooner he comes back, the better. If he comes back healthy, he’ll really help us.”

Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 wrong first picks in the NBA draft — where the No. 2 pick proved to be far better.

No. 1 is the Rochester Royals’ selection of Si Green over Bill Russell in 1956. Green, a 6-foot-2 swingman from Duquesne, bounced the around the NBA for nine years (ending with the Celtics in 1965-66), averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 504 career games. Russell, whom the Royals were hesitant to take because they didn’t want to pay him the $25,000 singing bonus he was requesting, went on to win 11 titles and five MVP awards with the Celtics.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 28, 2003, the Red Sox made a trade with the Rockies to acquire which player who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in that night’s game against the Marlins (a 10-9 loss)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He wants to clear his name.” Aaron Hernandez‘s lawyer, James Sultan, during the former Patriots tight end’s bail review hearing Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Consecutive seasons in which the Red Sox have had a winning record at the halfway point of the season, which they reached Thursday at 48-33 following a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In Sacramento, the Kings held a fan event and offered free 2013-14 season tickets to anyone who could hit a halfcourt shot. Five fans were able to convert.

Golfer Rory McIlroy takes on a trash-talking computer in a trick-shot competition.

Cardinals wide receiver Robert Gill runs 25 mph on a treadmill.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gabe Kapler

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chayanne was born on this day in 1968.

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