Few people realize it but the state of Arizona has a “Good Samaritan” law on the books. This law makes it illegal for a person to pass by an accident and not stop to lend assistance if they are capable.
It is up to the policeman’s discretion to decide whether to invoke the law and cite a person for failure to assist. I had just recently heard about this law and never in a million years would I have expected it to come into play at a baseball game.
The Legends racers went through their normal pregame warm-ups and today seemed like any other day with Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Matt Williams, and Mark Grace meeting with their adoring fans before the game.
Afterwords the Legends went down into the bowels of Chase Field to prepare for the upcoming race. As the fifth inning concluded the fans could see the four Legends stretching in the shadows of the Houston Astros bullpen.
With the fanfare of trumpet music and the melodic voice of the public address announcer the race begun. Gonzalez went out to a huge lead with Randy Johnson just a stride behind. Matt Williams was following but falling off the lead pack. Poor Grace was once again well back of the other three.
As the racers reached the Astros dugout Gonzalez was still in the lead with Johnson now gaining slightly followed by Williams. Suddenly Williams lost his footing and crashed to the ground obviously in pain from the grimace he had on his large foam head.
Gonzalez and Johnson ignored the accident and continued on to the finish line. Even after they were done they ignored poor Williams. Grace on the other hand stopped to assist his fallen comrade.
Grace checked on Williams and after rendering the necessary mascot first aid he helped Williams back to his feet and coaxed him over the finish line.
Where were the police? Gonzalez and Johnson should have been arrested for failing to comply with the “Good Samaritan” law. This race was a travesty. Johnson and Gonzalez should be disqualified and arrested.
Maybe if that happens Grace could win. I would hope Grace could beat two mascots in leg irons and a mascot with two injured legs. But then again we are talking about Grace here. I’m beginning to think even that might not be enough.