Baseball fans all over the country feel betrayed by the steroids scandal that is rocking Major League Baseball, but one fan is irked enough to actually sue the New York Yankees in small claims court:
A longtime fan is suing the New York Yankees over some players’ reported use of performance-enhancing drugs, saying he wants repayment for $221 in tickets and a public response from his once beloved team.
“I look at it almost as consumer fraud,” said Matthew Mitchell, 30, a Brooklyn resident who said he went to his first game at Yankee Stadium in 1984. “If I’m going to watch a baseball game, then I expect it to be the real thing.”
The Yankees declined to comment.
The paralegal filed his lawsuit in small claims court in Brooklyn last week, less than a month after former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell released a report linking 85 Major League Baseball players — including 20 current and former Yankees — to illegal use of steroids and other performance-enhancing formulations.
Mr. Mitchell (the fan) is seeking to be reimbursed for five games between 2002 and 2007. One of the games was a World Series game that included admitted HGH user Andy Pettitte.