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    MLB umpire pulls woman from edge of Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Jun 28, 2017
    As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to defuse tense situations at the ballpark.

    None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.

    “Obviously, that grabbed my attention,” Tumpane said prior to the Pirates game against the Tampa Bay Rays, in which the 34-year-old Chicago native was the home-plate umpire. “I asked a couple in front of me, ‘What’s this lady trying to do?’ and they said, ‘I don’t know.’ ”

    The bridge was mostly empty at that time of day. Tumpane rushed toward the woman, who appeared calm, and asking what was going on.

    “I just wanted to get a better look of the city from this side,” she replied, according to the umpire’s recollection.

    “Oh no,” Tumpane said, hooking his arm around hers. “You don’t want to do that. It’s just as good over here. Let’s go grab some lunch and talk.”

    “No, no, no,” she answered. “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go.”

    “I’m not going to let you go,” he said. “Let’s talk this out. We’ll get you back over here.”

    “No one wants to help me,” she repeated. “Just let me go.”

    “No, we’re here to help you.”

    “You’ll forget me tomorrow.”

    “I’ll never forget you,” he said. “You can have my promise on that.”



    Tumpane mouthed to a passer-by, “Call 911.” As they spoke, he said, the woman became more emotional. She cried and tried to slip from his grip. He locked both arms around her back. At times, she dangled both feet off the bridge’s edge, putting her full weight in his arms.

    “I was thinking, ‘God, this has got to be a good ending, not a bad ending,’ and held on for dear life,” Tumpane said. “She said, ‘You don’t care about me.’ I said, ‘I care.’ She said, ‘I just want to end it right now. I want to be in a better place.’ I said, ‘You’re going to be all right.’ ”

    One man helped grab the woman’s arms, and another pinned her ankles against the bottom rail. Eventually, a police boat arrived, then a helicopter, an ambulance, a fire truck and a police officer. They put a life preserver on the woman and handcuffed one of her wrists to the bridge.

    “I was just trying to tell her it was going to be all right. There’s help,” Tumpane said. “We’re going to be better if she can get back on this side. I said, ‘All these people are here. Look at all these people who want to help you. We’re all here for the right reasons. We want to get you better.’ ”

    Once the woman was lifted back over the railing, she was laid on a mat, and paramedics readied the ambulance. Before she was whisked away, Tumpane knelt next to the woman and tried to comfort her. He asked for her first name, and she gave it, and he prayed for her.

    “I told her, ‘I didn’t forget her, and we’d be here, and she’s better off on this side than the other side.’ ” he recalled. “I just want her to know that.”

    The woman was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries, city police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

    Tumpane called his wife when he finally crossed the bridge and explained the experience. He tried to relax in his hotel room, but he was shaken. An hour later, he headed to the ballpark. It was “an interesting afternoon,” he admitted. Tumpane hopes to reconnect with the woman Thursday before he leaves Pittsburgh for his next series in another Major League City.

    “It’s a sad day, but it ended on a positive note,” he said. “Hopefully it’s an eye-opener for her as well, and it can help her get back on track.”

    In the end, Tumpane said, it was a matter of “right place, right time.” Suicide hasn’t before hit home before him, he added, but he understands the importance of conversations about dark truths many tend to avoid in everyday conversation.

    “You never know what somebody’s day looks like,” he said. “It’s a nice day, everyone’s out for a walk, and somebody’s not having the same day you’re having. I was just glad to help.”

    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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    Phillies scrap plans to honor Pete Rose amid statutory rape allegations

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have canceled plans to honor Pete Rose next week because of a woman's claim she had a sexual relationship with baseball's hit king when she was a minor.

    The woman, identified as Jane Doe this week in a court filing, said Rose called her in 1973, when she was 14 or 15, and they began a sexual relationship in Cincinnati that lasted several years. She also alleges Rose met her in locations outside Ohio for sex.

    Rose's lawyer says the woman's claims are unverified.

    The Phillies were going to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in an on-field ceremony on Aug. 12. Rose bobbleheads were going to be distributed on Aug. 11.

    The Phillies will not give away the collectibles and said fans with tickets for either game can exchange them or get a refund.
    ...
    Rose, who agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989, made four All-Star appearances and helped the Phillies to one of their two World Series championships during his five seasons in Philadelphia from 1979-83.
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    The women's claim became public from testimony presented by the defense as part of a federal lawsuit Rose filed last year in Philadelphia against a lawyer whose investigation concluded the Cincinnati native bet on the Reds while managing the team, leading Rose to agree to the lifetime ban.

    Rose contends John Dowd defamed him by saying on the radio that the former baseball great had raped young teen girls during spring training. Rose has acknowledged having a relationship with the woman beginning when she was 16, the age of consent in Ohio.

    Rose alleges in the lawsuit that Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on WCHE-AM radio.

    Dowd said during the radio appearance that Rose associate Michael Bertolini told investigators he "ran young girls" to Rose during spring training, which Dowd called "statutory rape every time," according to Rose's lawsuit. Bertolini's lawyers have denied that.

    Rose acknowledged in a statement accompanying Monday's filing that he did have a relationship with the woman, but he said it started when she was 16. He also states they never had sex outside Ohio.

    At the time, Rose was in his mid-30s and was married with two kids.

    Rose's personal problems never seemed to affect his popularity in baseball. He's a regular on the autograph circuit and does broadcast work for Fox.

    The Cincinnati Reds unveiled a bronze sculpture this season outside Great American Ball Park depicting Rose's headfirst slide. He was inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame last June and had his No. 14 retired.

    The 76-year-old hits leader has never been on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot under a 1991 rule adopted by the Hall's board of directors making anyone with a permanent ban ineligible. Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Rose's latest petition for reinstatement, but the Hall, not MLB, sets the rules for ballot eligibility.

    The fourth annual Philly Sports Roast also said it canceled its Aug. 10 event with Rose as the guest of honor. Tickets that started at $150 will be refunded.

    Philadelphia's SugarHouse Casino said it canceled Rose's scheduled Aug. 12 autograph signing that was to be held just hours before his Wall of Fame induction. Refunds also were available for those tickets.

    The Phillies will still honor more than 40 alumni next weekend.
    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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