Mark Lerner got a black eye
By now you've heard the story about how Mark Lerner, in full uniform, took a baseball off the noggin and left some of his blood on the Nats Park greenery. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported that Lerner received a couple of stitches, but Ted Leonsis -- Lerner's friend and business partner -- said there were more than a couple.
"Mark is one of my best friends," Leonsis said, when asked about the incident at the National Press Club on Friday. "I love Mark. And I actually was concerned, there was a lot of blood involved. And I talked to him this morning, and we had this funny conversation. Thirty stitches. And his son is graduating from law school this weekend, and he said look at me, 'I've got a black eye and stitches, I look like I've been in a bar fight.' And I said 'Hey, you own a piece of the hockey team, wear an Ovechkin jersey, say you were playing hockey.' "
Sound advice. I still haven't seen video or images of the incident, but Nationals Daily News has a tremendous photo gallery of Lerner's previous outfield adventures. Plus a video, seen below.
The question to Leonsis, I should point out, was whether he'd be willing to take a puck to the face or trade elbows with Shaq. Leonsis declined to address that part of the question.
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