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Two MLB.com Writers Were Robbed At Gunpoint Outside Great American Ball Park

Two writers in the employ of MLB.com who were covering the Colorado Rockies-Cincinnati Reds were robbed at gunpoint by a man as they left the Great American Ball Park at approximately 1:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning. A long rain delay was the cause for the writers to be leaving the ballpark at such a late hour. The writers, Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding, say that they both had credit cards stolen by the robber and lost $500 and $100 in cash, respectively. Boy, that’s a pretty nice amount of bread to be carrying around for an online writer. MLB.com must compensate their scribes pretty well.

Via Sporting News:

“I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way,’” Bloom told the Dayton Daily News. “I started to walk away and he began yelling at me and pulled this big gun that looked like a Glock. He said, ‘Put your wallets on the ground.’ We did and he picked them up and ran off.”

Jeez, talk about a scary situation. But in the end, both Bloom and Harding were unharmed in the incident, less the loss of cash and some rattled nerves, I’m sure, so that’s a relief.

Now, I’ve never been to the Great American Ball Park, nor have I ever visited the fine city of Cincinnati, for that matter, so if someone could enlighten me as to the kind of neighborhood the ballpark is in, it would be much appreciated. Of course, walking the streets in any major metropolitan area can be a hazardous thing to do at that time of night, but is the Great American Ball Park surrounded by the same kind of urban landscape as U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago? Because I have been there and some areas around that stadium, well, let me put it to you this way: it’s a little unsettling, even by the light of day. But I suppose that’s part of the South Side’s charms in its own right.

MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint outside Great American Ballpark [Sporting News]