Eric Bogard "regrets" Busch Stadium laser pointer incident, says lawyer

9:02 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A Creve Coeur teenager is charged in connection with a laser pointer incident that interrupted Monday night's St. Louis Cardinals game.

Matt Holiday was at the plate when he noticed a green laser dot on the pitcher's mound and, backing out of the batter's box, called timeout.

Police said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spotted a teen shining the laser from a suite. Eric Bogard was charged with disturbing the peace.

Bogard's lawyer said one of the teen's friends brought the laser to the game.

"A bunch of mature young men did some immature things, which they unfortunately are paying the price for, at least Eric is, and he regrets his actions," said attorney Joel Schwartz.

Eric Bogard will have to appear in court to answer the charges. He could face a fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are taking the matter seriously.

"If you are a ballplayer and you happen to be up at bat, and whether the laser is pointed directly at you or somebody in the field, it's distracting you and if you've got a 95 mile an hour fastball coming at you, you certainly don't want to be distracted at that point in time," said Joe Walsh, Cardinals Director of Security.


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