Former MLB pitcher gets $2.3 million for self-defense punch of man high on LSD

March 20, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle

A former pro baseball player who broke his pitching hand punching a crazed naked man high on LSD was awarded $2.3 million on Monday, his attorneys said.

A San Mateo county jury awarded damages to Greg Reynolds, 32, and his wife after a two-week trial that focused on Dominic Pintarelli, 22, going into a drug-fueled psychosis before fighting the pitcher and trying to break into his Half Moon Bay home on Jan. 16, 2015.

Connor Pope, Reynolds’ neighbor, allegedly invited Pintarelli and two other friends to a party at his home on the 300 block of Eagle Trace Drive. Pope and Pintarelli consumed LSD, but only the latter “flipped out,” said Niall McCarthy, Reynolds’ attorney.

Pintarelli began roaming the Half Moon Bay neighborhood — a gated community called Ocean Colony — while naked and covered in feces. He then attacked Reynolds, who was apparently trying to see whether Pintarelli needed help.

Pintarelli punched Reynolds several times before the pitcher retreated to his house and locked the door. Pintarelli then tried throwing his body against the door to break it down, attorneys said, so Reynolds came back outside and punched Pintarelli. Reynolds knocked him into bushes, his attorneys said, which left the pitcher with fractured knuckles on his throwing hand.

The Half Moon Bay Review reported that San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies had to twice use a Taser to subdue Pintarelli, who pleaded no contest to assault and battery in July 2015. He reportedly admitted to not remembering the encounter.

After playing college ball at Stanford, Reynolds took the mound for the Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds during a 10-year pro career that saw him bounce between the minors and the major leagues. He was a free agent who had just returned from a stint in Japan when he got into the confrontation with Pintarelli.

“We believe Greg would have pitched professionally for a couple more years but for this attack,” McCarthy said. “The end result is Greg lost his lifetime dream” of continuing to pitch in the major leagues.

Pintarelli’s attorney, Dan Himmelheber, declined comment Tuesday.

Reynolds moved to the Sacramento area after the incident, McCarthy said. He testified that he could no longer move the ball with the same control after the hand injury.

“The case in a nutshell is you have a neighbor who has an LSD party — he rolls the dice with the safety of his other neighbors,” McCarthy said. “Greg is the one who bore the brunt of it.” ... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)