A man who was allegedly assaulted during the Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles game on Wednesday at Camden Yards remains hospitalized in serious condition Saturday, the Baltimore Sun is reporting.
Police told the Sun that two men — Gregory Fleischman, 22, of Jarrettsville, Md., and Michael Bell, 21, of Annapolis, Md. — have been charged in the attack.
Matt Fortese reportedly drove 75 miles from Hagerstown, Md., to attend the game with Taylor Queen for the couple’s second date.
Fortese, 25, is a lifelong New York Yankees fan and wore a Yankees cap to the game. Queen, 21, said the couple endured about an hour of heckling from two fans. The taunting apparently escalated into a fight that left Fortese in intensive care, fighting for his life.
Fortese’s family and Queen told the Sun that one of the men threw a beer at the couple, resulting in an argument. Police said that Fleischman punched Fortese in the head, sending him over the railing to the ground about five feet below.
Nathan Steelman, an off-duty state trooper came to Fortese’s aid. In a strange twist of fate, Steelman is a childhood friend of Fortese’s who hadn’t seen the man in years before running into each other earlier at the game.
Steelman told the Sun that Fortese had gone as long as 45 seconds without breathing. Steelman, who received emergency medical training as a soldier deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, removed a wad of chewing tobacco from Fortese’s mouth that had blocked his airway.
Fortese reportedly suffered severe head trauma and a skull fracture. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Fleischman was charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Bell faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. Both were released on $50,000 bond Friday.
The attack brings to mind the brutal assault on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at the hands of two LA Dodger fans on Opening Day 2011 in Los Angeles.