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Man Commits Suicide, Anaheim Angels Witness It, Feel Privileged To Play Baseball

Tragedy struck Tuesday morning in Manhattan when a 39-year-old man plunged to his death by jumping off the 42nd floor off the Le Parker Meridien, the hotel where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were staying. The incident occurred as the Angels players were preparing to travel to Yankee Stadium and many of the players saw the grisly aftermath, including pitcher Jared Weaver, who according to fellow pitcher Matt Palmer, saw the man “splat.”

Via the New York Daily News:

“Weaver actually saw him splat,” Palmer said. “I felt kind of sick to my stomach…It’s hard to see something like that and hard to take it.”

Yowsers. What a horrible ordeal. Thankfully, manager Mike Scioscia provided the much-needed perspective.

“It’s obviously traumatic when you witness something like that, but these guys understand the privilege of playing baseball.

“I don’t know anything about the guy falling down, but something was troubling him.”

Jeez, Mike, ya think?

All kidding aside, years ago, I worked in downtown Minneapolis at one of the skyscrapers  (really, we seriously have tall buildings here) and some guy broke into an office on one of the upper floors, threw a chair through a window which overlooked the plaza of the building and jumped. I didn’t actually see it happen, but a co-worker of mine did and said the guy didn’t have a head after impact. That ain’t good.

Angels head for Yankee Opening Day game, watch in horror as man leaps to death from hotel roof [New York Daily News]