This is a wild story. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder just had back surgery, and thus had to sit immobile while some road-raging nut attacked his wife. (She's fine, fortunately.)â†µ
Snyder's wife Carla was driving Chris and their two kids when she just missed hitting a guy on a scooter. The man then tailed the Snyders to a gas station and slammed his scooter down in front of them, blocking their path. He then kicked the Snyders' car.â†µ
As Ms. Snyder got out of the car, police said, Mr. Modhwadia broke off the woman's driver-side mirror and started swinging at her. She called for help, drawing the attention of Joe Changle, a passer-by who intervened and told Mr. Modhwadia it was wrong to hit a woman and that he would take him to the ground if he didn't stop, Lt. Malloy said.â†µ
When he continued, Mr. Changle tackled Mr. Modhwadia, who bit Mr. Changle's left forearm as the struggle continued. Off-duty city police Officer Arthur Baker, who was driving by, spotted the commotion and stepped in.â†µ
But Mr. Modhwadia didn't stop and instead went after them both, police said. At one point, Mr. Modhwadia threw punches at them with a key between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before the officer was able to take him to the ground once again.â†µ
Police charged the guy with "aggravated assault, assault, criminal mischief, and driving with an invalid license."â†µ
I'm willing to bet that Snyder's injury will never again bother him more than it bothered him today. Keep your chin up, Chris - it's all uphill from here.