Mets Pitcher Takes Down Unruly Flier
LaTroy Hawkins helped subdue South America-bound passenger
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2013 12:00 AM CDT
New York Mets relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins throws against the Cincinnati Reds last month.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(Newser) – Flight attendants struggling with an unruly passenger on a flight to South America got some backup from New York Mets relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pitcher and a couple of buddies helped bundle the man into a seat and hold him down as restraints were applied. "We had to subdue a guy who was upset about not being able to sit in an open seat in business class," Hawkins tells the New York Daily News. "He and a flight attendant started wrestling and fell into my lap. The (flight attendant) said he needed help." Hawkins, who was on his way to a dove hunting trip in Argentina, helped remove the passenger from the plane at an emergency stop in Lima.

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Oct 29, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
trying to imagine what dialogue was had between crazy business class wannabee and the flight attendant right before they started wrestling. Crazy Guy: Hey i see those seats are not taken. I'm sitting middle row next to a 6'5 athlete. Do you think it would be cool if I just grabbed a seat up there? I will be napping. Crew: (Face Punch!)
Oct 29, 2013 11:42 AM CDT
So, on his way to be a complete total asshole and kill doves in Argentina, he did something for a flight attendant when someone fell in his lap. I get it.
Oct 29, 2013 7:23 AM CDT
Flight attendants think they are someone important and they're only waiters and waitresses.