Matt Fortese, Yankees Fan, In Serious Condition After Assault At Camden Yards: Reports

A Yankees fan named Matt Fortese was assaulted at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the Orioles-Nationals game last Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

A woman attending the game with him told the Baltimore Sun that two men had been heckling Fortese because he was wearing a Yankees hat. Fortese, 25, approached the hecklers after one of the men allegedly threw beer at the couple. Fortese then was punched in side of the head, police told the Sun. The punch sent Fortese over the railing, causing his head to hit the concrete approximately five feet below.

Nathan Steelman, an off-duty state trooper, was sitting a few sections away from where Fortese fell. He ran over to help Fortese, who was not breathing and bleeding badly from his head, according to CNN.

"I think instinct kind of kicked in," Steelman told CNN. He would later realize that the man he assisted was a childhood friend. "I didn't know it was Matt at the time."

The Sun reported on Saturday that Fortese suffered severe head trauma and a skull fracture and was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police told ABC 2 News that the two men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault.



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