Boston Red Sox All-Star third baseman Wade Boggs was cut in the neck and threatened by a man at knifepoint, police said Wednesday.
The inch-long cut was not serious enough to warrant medical attention, Boggs said."I knew the situation was going to get hairy," Boggs told The Gainesville Sun from his Tampa home Wednesday evening. "Luckily, no one was seriously injured. It was a volatile situation that could have grown into something big."
Police charged George Young Jr., 23, with armed burglary and two counts of aggravated battery. Edward Benjamin Cox, 31, was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.
Boggs, 30, said he was in his Jeep outside a Gainesville bar showing a recently purchased 9mm handgun to two friends when two men blocked them with their vehicle, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Sadie Darnell.
Police said Young got out of the car carrying a knife, and Cox waved a .44-caliber revolver at Boggs and his friends.
Young jumped into the back seat of the Jeep and held a knife to Boggs' throat, police said. Meanwhile, a friend of Boggs, Chuck Hollowell, ran to flag down police.
"He said he didn't appreciate me being from Hillsborough (County)," Boggs said. "He said `I'd like to kill you' and stuff like that."
Boggs said he spoke to the man calmly.
"I was saying, `Hey, we don't want any trouble here. We don't want anything to get out of hand,"' Boggs said.
Boggs was cut when a passenger in the Jeep, Stephen Minardi, yelled at Young, who cut Boggs as he allegedly went to hold the knife to Minardi.