UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports, the offender spent TWO nights in a Queens jail, missed his son’s first birthday celebration AND could face a year in jail and a $25,000 fine related to the city’s unruly fan law. Yikes.
From D.J. Short over @ Hardball Talk comes this one that flew under the radar last night:
There were so many things to talk about in the aftermath of Johan Santana‘s no-hitter that this one flew under the radar a bit. Still, it’s pretty entertaining.
After Santana struck out Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese to complete the no-hitter, he was mobbed on the mound by teammates and coaches. But there was also someone in the pile who clearly didn’t belong. Adorned in Gary Carter’s No. 8 and a pair of jean shorts, a fan came running from right field to celebrate history.
The unidentified fan, a man who appeared to be in mid-20s and possibly intoxicated and/or euphoric, actually stuck around in the scrum for quite some time before being pulled away and tackled by two security guards. You can watch video of the celebration here. The fan comes into the frame at about the 18-second mark.
I don’t condone running on the field, but if you are going to get arrested and possibly banned from Citi Field for life, picking the first Mets’ no-hitter is a pretty good time to do it.
Personally, I don’t think anything short of a million bucks AND month long “vacation” with all of the Victoria’s Secret models is worth risking a lifetime ban from my favorite teams field, but whatever floats your boat I guess.
Then again, should we expect anything else from a grown man who is still wearing Jorts?
On a side note, if you want to see some good ol’ fashioned trash talkin’ between a couple of major newspapers on the matter of Santana’s no-hitter…go right HERE.