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Yankees fan pleads guilty to assault stemming from game

By Times Staff
Published March 29, 2005


LARGO - A New York Yankees fan charged with attacking a man wearing a Boston Red Sox cap after the American League Championship Series last year has pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge.

Richard F. Padilla, 31, of Tampa was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to have no contact with the victim, William Grant. According to Largo police, Padilla charged Grant outside a bar just hours after the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the seventh game of the series.

Padilla told Grant to throw his Red Sox cap on the ground and spit on it, but Grant refused. When Padilla grabbed a hammer, Grant threw down the hat but still did not spit. Grant told police that the attacker smashed a car window with the hammer and left.

Police used credit card transactions from the bar to identify Padilla.

Padilla told police that Grant teased him and his friend about the Yankees' loss. Grant has said he did not provoke the attack.

The Red Sox went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

[Last modified March 29, 2005, 01:30:12]


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