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

(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.

New York Mets relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins throws against the Cincinnati Reds last month.
New York Mets relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins throws against the Cincinnati Reds last month.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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