Fan Charged After His Ploy to Steal Mike Napoli's Glove Was Bungled
Thomas Robbins very nearly stole Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli's glove this past Sunday, and he would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling security guards.
Boston dispatched with the Detroit Tigers on Saturday with a win in Game 6 of the ALCS, 5-2. After the champagne bottles were popped and most had cleared out, one person remained to nab a souvenir:
At around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Yawkey Way for a report of larceny and found Robbins inside the Sox clubhouse. When asked what he was doing, Robbins began to exit the clubhouse, dropping Napoli’s beloved glove along the way, the statement said.
Robbins was stopped by fast-thinking Fenway security staff in a parking lot reserved for players. He was carrying Red Sox and Major League Baseball press box passes, which lead them to believe Robbins had also been in the press box, the statement said. It was unclear how he had obtained the credentials.
Hanson reports Robbins was arraigned on Monday on charges of "attempting to commit a crime and trespassing."
He may have had better luck walking away with one of their beard trimmers, because it doesn't seem like any of the players are using them anyway.
That item he was hoping to get away with, Napoli's glove, is valued at $450, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Conley made the obvious statement that actual cost isn't what matters here, because players are very particular how their gloves fit and feel.
Anyone who has ever played understands the benefit to working in a mitt just right. Now extrapolate that to an MLB player about to play in the World Series and you get how important it might be for Napoli to have his glove.
While there is no word on how Robbins happened upon credentials, the report states he most likely made his way into what Red Sox fans might consider hallowed ground, through an "authorized personnel" door.
For Napoli, he will be at first base along with his trusty mitt to open the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 31-year-old heated up against the Tigers after struggling at the plate in the ALDS. In 20 at-bats against Detroit, he batted .300 and clubbed two home runs, including a mammoth blast in Game 5.
I am sure Cardinals pitchers were slightly hoping Robbins would have nabbed Napoli's bat instead.
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