The longest fan-on-baseball-field run ever?
If you were watching last night's Orioles game, you saw classic freak-outs from infielder Ty Wigginton and manager Juan Samuel as the team notched as many ejections as hits. You also probably wondered what in the world was going on during a two minute delay for a fan on the field. Here's a video uploaded onto YouTube, showing the fan taking a casual jog around the infield and past players as police and security, well, stand around watching. The guy actually gives up, jumps back into the stands, then apparently decides that if no one's going to try to arrest him, why not head back out? He's caught because he runs out of breath, not because anyone's close to nabbing him.
Yahoo!'s sports blog, Big League Stew, summed it up like this:
Honestly, I'm not sure if the cops just thought the kid would pass out by himself in the muggy harbor heat or if Thursdays at OPACY have been tabbed as a Hamsterdam of sorts for field trespassers, but that youngster had to set some sort of record for most time spent on the field without being tackled or even touched. Seriously, folks, don't exert yourselves.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that it's the policy of the police department not to chase fans around the field and become "part of the spectacle." He said they wait until the fan, typically intoxicated, burns themselves out and then they are placed under arrest. "We don't Tase or beat them, or anything like that," he said. Indeed, in watching videos from other stadiums, it appears as though its typically stadium staff, not cops, that end up being part of those spectacular takedowns. So the bigger question is why no team staff members even enter the frame during last night's jog.
UPDATE: Police spokesman Donny Moses said the fan was a juvenile, so police can't release his information.
I hate to link to a Red Sox video, but I think this is how it's done:
This White Sox fan made it 16 seconds:
And of course, the Phillies fan who was Tasered.