College basketball player Jose Avila took another bean ball Thursday when the California Supreme Court ruled that pitches aimed at a batter's head are a historic and intrinsic part of the national pastime. "For better or worse," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote, "being intentionally thrown at is a fundamental and inherent risk of the sport of baseball. It is not the function of tort law to police such conduct." Werdegar said it didn't matter that the practice is forbidden by baseball's own rules.
Calif. Supreme Court: Ballplayer Can't Sue for Bean Ball
April 10, 2006