It doesn’t get much lower than this.
As if stealing a high school baseball team’s equipment at the start of the season isn’t bad enough, the alleged robbers also swiped the team’s defibrillator from the coach’s car, too.
New York City’s High School of Graphic Communication Arts baseball coach Jesus Perez had balls, bases, bats, catcher’s equipment, hats, helmets, jerseys and — yes — even the defibrillator stolen from the trunk of his car, which he parked near his Bronx home following a game in Manhattan on Tuesday night, according to NBC New York.
“That’s what hurts the most, because the kids need the equipment to play the games,” Perez told the local television news station.“They’re pretty bummed about it. The season just started and it comes as a big shock. … We’re trying to come together and bond and see what we can do to make it through the season.”
The cost of the defibrillator is a killer, as it makes up nearly half of the estimated $3,000 cost to replace the stolen items. The team practiced with borrowed bats and a few remaining balls Thursday, according to NBC New York, and plans to play with borrowed items for its game Friday. Meanwhile, police are currently investigating the theft.
I don’t know about you, but I smell a golden opportunity for one of the high-priced New York Yankees or New York Mets to pony up for some equipment for this baseball team.