So, it was a pretty normal Yankee victory tonight until the 9th inning when Mo was getting some work in. After getting two impressive strikes on Sammy Sosa, some idiot fan decided to run onto the field.
This is when the fun began. I wish I had thought fast enough to take out my cell phone and take a video, because this was classic, albeit idiotic. The "fan" ran out in left field, and right up to Matsui. Hideki stood there doing nothing until the guy almost touched him. Then, he fended him off with his glove. I'm pretty sure if it was Gary Sheffield out there, the guy would have been cold-cocked and the fun would have ended. Unfortunately, Gary is at some abandoned car factory in Detroit buying his next shipment of designer steroids. Anyway, I digress.
So, after Matsui shunned this dude, he started off towards center field. That is when all of the poorly paid, mediocre at best "security guards" started closing in from all angles. Between innings there are cops everywhere guarding the field, but at this moment there were none to be found. I'm guessing they were trying to take advantage of last call on the hot dogs. Anyway, so there are about 12 of these guards running from all angles of the field towards center where this guy is running around. One of the guards catches him in center field and the guy throws a stiff arm that Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs would be proud of. That security guard was done. Next, the guy made a mad dash towards the infield with security guards in tow. As he ran by second base, he reached down and touched it. I'm assuming that didn't count against Wil Nieves' throwing out attempted runners stats, but with his bad luck so far this season, I wouldn't be surprised if it did. At this point, all of the guards were about to catch the guy. Shockingly, he had one last juke and stiff arm to fend off another would be capturer. At this point, the crowd was going crazy.
Finally, one stud security guard (more on him later) made an impressive open field tackle and ended the madness. This is when the cops came off of their apparent hot dog break and wrestled the handcuffs onto the guy in what looked to be a rather painful way.
All of this took about 3 minutes. I've gotta believe thats the most fun the Yankee stadium security guards will have all season long.
Two batters later, there was the inevitable copy-cat fan who tried to get his 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately, he ran onto the field closer to the dugouts and didn't have nearly the pizazz of the first field stormer. For some reason this guy gave himself up right away and was held down by the same hero security guard who had saved the day just minutes before by making the open field tackle on my new fantasy football sleeper for 2007. Unlike the huge standing ovation the first guy received when he was wrestled off the field, this guy went off with a whimper and a chorus of boos.
I hate to give these idiots all of this attention by writing about them, but thats what this blog is all about and I find it pretty amusing to write about. On a serious note, fans running onto the playing field/ court at sporting events is just asking for trouble. I think the only way to fix the problem is to give these idiots more than one night in jail. If you are drunk enough and feel tough enough to spend a night in jail, that joyous run around the most famous baseball stadium ever may actually be worth it. I don't see it, but with enough $10 beers in you, who knows where your mind is.
Oh yea, the Yankees won 6-2 and have won 7 of 9 games. Just a sidebar.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Game 5 of 2007 for Ross (vs. Rangers 5/9) - some fans are real idiotsPosted by Ross at 10:50 PM
Labels: field-storming antics, Game 5 of 2007 for Ross, security guards chasing around people who run onto the field - fun every time
Game 5 of 2007 for Ross (vs. Rangers 5/9) - some fans are real idiots
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