I hate trashing people that can’t really defend themselves because they’re dead, but this is getting out of hand. When MLB was notified that Josh Hancock had passed away in an auto accident, I felt bad for him and his family. It’s tough to lose someone you love, especially so suddenly. Then it was found that he had not only alcohol, but also drugs in his system while he was driving and talking on the cell phone. My sympathy level dropped a great deal, but I still felt bad for his family. Now, word comes out that they are suing not only the restaurant that served him the alcohol, but also the towing company who was assisting the broken down motorist on the highway.

The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.

The suit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court by Dean Hancock of Tupelo, Miss., does not specify damages. Mike Shannon’s Restaurant, owned by the longtime Cardinals broadcaster who starred on three World Series teams in the 1960s, is a defendant in the case along with Shannon’s daughter, Patricia Shannon Van Matre, the restaurant manager.
Other defendants include Eddie’s Towing, the company whose flatbed tow truck was struck by Hancock’s sport utility vehicle in the early hours of April 29; tow truck driver Jacob Edward Hargrove; and Justin Tolar, the driver whose stalled car on Interstate 64 was being assisted by Hargrove.

The fact is, Josh Hancock was irresponsible in his actions, paid the price and people need to move on and quit trying to skirt the responsibility here. His father needs to quit being a complete jack ass and stop bringing people that did not make poor decisions into this mess. My sympathy for this guy and his family has now reached 0.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail