Pitcher Punched In ND Struggling To Recover


FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a pitcher who spent time in the Boston Red Sox minor league system is struggling to recover after being punched outside a North Dakota bar.

The Forum newspaper reports that Cody McAllister was in Fargo with the Kansas City T-Bones last fall, playing against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the independent Northern League finals. Prosecutor Mark Boening says McAllister was punched, hit his head on a rock and was knocked unconscious for at least 10 minutes in the bar parking lot about 2 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Boening says the pitcher has a history of concussions and has had problems with short-term memory and personality changes since the altercation.

Travis Burnside of Moorhead, Minn., was sentenced on Monday to a week in jail for throwing the punch.

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  • Jim

    One week in jail doesn’t seem long enough for causing long-term injury to a human being.

  • Mary

    Wow! One week in jail! Hear that guys. If you punch someone and it causes a lifetime worth of harm , you’re going to jail for one week. That should send a message to all those brawlers out there.

  • Allan

    These tough guys that go around punching people should get five years in prison for an outcome like this. It’ll teach them a lesson. Idiots.

  • jorge

    thats what people deserver,its safer and better to drink at their own home rather than go out and risk getting beat up or worse by white trash and hicks

    • PJ

      That’s what people deserve!! Give me a break. You mean that we should not feel safe to leave our own homes. Re-think that We should be able to stop into a bar for a drink without fear of being punched. Do you really think that is what we deserve?

    • Eric Scheidel

      You are not that smart Jorge. No one deserves to get beat up for simply going to a bar. I assume you are the ‘white trash’ / ‘hick’ type of person that you are referring to.

  • Matt

    I wouldn’t hesitate to punch someone in certain circumstances – I never have, and probably never will, but I would if provoked to an extreme.

    We don’t know what the circumstances were in this story. I understand where you’re coming from, but it isn’t a good idea to throw stones when you don’t know the whole story.

    What if it was your son, brother, or dad that threw the punch, and he did so because the other guy assaulted your wife sister or mom??? Would your opinion change?

  • Alert U

    The combat was mutual. Bunch of drunks. If the guy had walked up to someone just standing there and sucker punched him, the sentence would have been more severe.

  • Alicia

    Being I’m Travis’s sister in law and was there that evening I would just like to say he was defending himself and was walking by the team when they started verbally assaulting his fiance. Considering he suffered numerous concussions before I’m sure it was just a staple to put in his defense that this one caused all the problems. Whatever. Nothing was said about the whole team taking after my husband and Travis following the altercation. Sometimes the justice system just proves it matters your status on life. I guess Travis serving his country overseas and working a good job to support his family doesn’t qualify.

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  • Casey

    They forgot to mention that Cody McAllister and his friend verbally and physically attacked Travis prior to him defending himself. He had thrown one punch that hit Cody. This tells me the true severities of Cody’s pre-existing medical conditions. They also forgot to mention that Travis and his brother were cornered by the team following the allocations and were attacked by 15-20 people. Travis was beat by a mob of people until a final blow by a kick to the face knocked him too unconscious. His brother being with him got jumped by 4 of the members. Both received broken noses, jaw injuries and numerous amounts of bruises and scrapes. A month later the issues came up and when the investigations started the Fargo Police Dept. did not report the names of the visiting team but only of the local that were involved. Travis Burnside is by no means “white trash or a hick.” Following graduating high school he joined the Army and served overseas. He reenlisted with the National Guard soon after and went to college where he graduated with an engineering degree while being on the Dean’s list. So the picture it gives me is that he protected and stood up for himself. So here you have a kid that is chasing a dead-end dream of baseball and just lost a blow out 3 game series to the Red Hawks. I’m sure he had aggression built up being the pitcher and the main focus for the team’s loss. There is a lot more to the story than what will be published in a print or a blog site. As for Cody I hope this was a learning lesson in a good way for him and that some people will stand up and protect themselves no matter how many friends you have and not that you can just run your mouth and collect a paycheck for your previous damages.

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