Greg Reynolds was just 29 years old when his professional baseball career was cut short due to breaking his right hand. Wednesday, however, the now 32-year-old received closure as he was awarded $2.3 million by a California jury.
In January, 2015 in Ocean Colony, California, Reynolds attended a party held at a friend’s home. Unfortunately for the former pitcher, Dominic Pintarelli was also in attendance, whom would go on to attack Reynolds and break his hand after taking LSD.
Pintarelli then started screaming and proceeded to take off his clothing. Afterwards, the 19-year-old Pintarelli tackled a mailbox and appeared to have injured himself. Reynolds went out to see if he was okay, and the 19-year-old attacked him, ultimately chasing him back to the home, where he shut the door. The drug-induced rage led him to attempt to break down the door, which Reynolds knew he then had to do something.
“So I opened the door and I hit him one time. I knew right away after I hit him, my finger was pointing at a terrible direction,” Reynolds told ABC7News.
Pintarelli was convicted for felony assault, and Reynolds sued both the party host and his attacker.
He then went back to college, since his career was over, and got a degree in Finance from Stanford, which is also where he played collegiate baseball.
“No doubt in my mind I’d still be playing if this hadn’t happened,” Stated Reynolds.
While he was awarded $2.3 million, definitely a significant amount, he could have potentially made much more than that had he continued his baseball career.
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