We all remember how exciting it was to be at a baseball game as a kid, right? How many of us wished we could run out on to the field and make a play?
Of course, almost all of us held back on that impulse. Or our parents made sure we didn't try anything crazy.
That's not what happened Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. During the seventh inning of the game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, a boy—believed to be five or six years old—ran on to the field.
The kid's outfield dash didn't last very long, however. White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up on the run and promptly carried him over to security officials.
The incident wasn't captured on camera, as most broadcasters have a policy of not showing anyone who's run on to field. Don't give them the publicity! But since the interloper was a child and Viciedo picking him up made for an amusing image, the Comcast Sports Net cameras eventually relented.
Seeing anyone run out of the stands at U.S. Cellular Field unfortunately invokes memories of a shirtless father and son attacking Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa in 2002. We'll never know if that kid was going after O's coach Wayne Kirby, thanks to Viciedo.
Viciedo's quickness in the outfield will surely overshadow the fact that he batted 0-for-4 in the White Sox's 5-3 loss to the Orioles.