Via the Worcester Telegram -
Former New York Yankee pitcher Tanyon Sturtze was involved in a fight inside a Water Street bar Saturday night.
Police said the Worcester-born right-hander was at The Perfect Game bar at 64 Water St. Around 11:32 p.m., police were called for a report of a fight.
When police arrived they found a large group of people. A man identified as Peter J. Boudreau, 22, was found injured. There was no report saying how bad his injuries were, but one friend said that during a large fight inside the bar, Mr. Boudreau was hit over the head with a bottle.
Mr. Boudreau, who declined to comment when contacted by a reporter, was taken to St. Vincent Hospital.
Police said Mr. Boudreau told them a tall man was harassing his girlfriend inside the bar. He went over to confront the man about it. The man was later identified as Mr. Sturtze.
Mr. Boudreau told police the former major league pitcher punched him several times. Police found Mr. Sturtze, 39, who had a facial injury. He told police Mr. Boudreau attacked him for no reason.
Officers on scene received conflicting reports on what happened. Neither man wanted to press charges, according to authorities.
One of Mr. Boudreau’s friends, 21-year-old Christopher Nussey of Auburn, was at the bar Saturday night and said he was also attacked when the fight broke out. He said he found out later Mr. Sturtze was involved in the fight, and didn’t recognize the former ballplayer.
Mr. Nussey was at the bar with his older brother, Patrick Nussey, another friend, and Mr. Boudreau when, they said, they saw a tall man talking to Mr. Boudreau’s girlfriend and one of her friends.
“We saw this guy putting him arm around her and near her,” Christopher Nussey said.
Christopher Nussey said he had words with Mr. Sturtze and they began fighting. Another man came over and punched Christopher Nussey in the face, he said. After he fell to the ground, Christopher Nussey said, he was kicked several times but does not know who attacked him.
“I booked it. I ran out the front window,” Christopher Nussey said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
Christopher Nussey said his brother, who ended up with a black eye, stayed and talked to police. Christopher Nussey said he went to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus with a gash underneath his eye and a black eye. Hospital officials said he had facial contusions.
Christopher Nussey said he plans to talk to police today.
“I want to press charges. There was no need for any of that to happen,” he said.
It’s a steep downward step down from grappling with Gabe Kapler in 2004 to punching out a couple of Nusseys in 2010, ain’t it?