If it happened anyplace else during the baseball playoffs, it wouldn't get as much play in the papers as it does now. However, because it's 1) New York, and 2) the target was Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez, it becomes a bigger story than it has any right to be.
The man calling himself Grim LeRogue, born John Rogan, ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium on Monday, bent on attacking Rodriguez, simply because he wanted to make an impression on Rodriguez's actress-girlfriend, Cameron Diaz. It turns out that not only has LeRogue had a long standing hatred of Rodriguez for whatever reason (excessively rich might be a start), but he's also----feel free to cringe---a fan of Osama bin Laden, and is under the delusional impression that bin Laden, in turn, is in love with singer-actress Whitney Houston, and was bent on killing Houston's estranged husband, singer Bobby Brown. While we can't confirm anything related to bin Laden, we're sure LeRogue hasn't got a clue.
According to a New York Daily News article today, a friend of LeRogue's believes that this week's weasel did this stunt to call attention to a 9/11 conspiracy tome he is shopping. Just what we don't need. Another idiot buying into baseless conspiracy theories about the 9/11/01 terror attacks. He's being evaluated at Lincoln Hospital, according to the article. Ok, so Bellevue wasn't available. Maybe they ran out of beds.
What we also learned is that LeRogue is a high school dropout. That was his first mistake. While he might've gained a few fans for trying to kill Rodriguez, a pariah in baseball circles because of past admissions of use of performance enhancers, coupled with the excessively high salary he commands (courtesy of Scott Boras), LeRogue made his biggest mistake by making his play on a national stage. While he might not have been caught on camera, he did end up making headlines. For all the wrong reasons.