Condition of man in altercation at Orioles game worsens

The condition of a man who suffered a skull fracture following an altercation at Camden Yards last week has worsened, hospital officials said.

Matt Fortese, who police said was punched and plunged over a railing onto concrete five feet below at Wednesday's game, is now in critical condition. He had been in serious condition up until Sunday afternoon, Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman Cynthia Rivers said.

Police say Fortese, a lifelong New York Yankees fan who wore the team's cap to the Orioles' matchup with the Washington Nationals, was taunted by two men at the game and had beer thrown on him and his date. Fortese then confronted the men.

Gregory Fleischman, 22, of Jarrettsville, and Michael Bell, 21, of Annapolis, were charged in the incident.

Two days later, family members said Fortese, 25, of Hagerstown, was drifting in and out of consciousness and sometimes seemed confused about his surroundings.

"I'm just hoping the best for him and praying for his well being," Taylor Queen, who was on her second date with Fortese at Wednesday's game, said on Monday. "We're still all very concerned about it."

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