Reds Fan Runs Across Field, Escapes Stadium Without Getting Caught by Security

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2015

via @SGdoesit

Nineteen-year-old Justin Buchanan lost a bet to his friends, so when he went to Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night, he paid up on the wager by running onto the field.

Crazily, he was able to evade security.

About an hour before Game 2 of a doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, one of Buchanan's friends tweeted what was going to happen later that night:

In the top of the eighth inning, Buchanan hopped over the wall down the third-base line and onto the field. And because it's 2015, the recent high school graduate did so while taking a selfie video.

Buchanan made his way over to Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton without any problem. Then, when he saw security coming for him, he decided he had had his fun and made a run for the exit. He hopped the center field wall, ran up the grass by the batter's eye and booked it out of the stadium.

While nobody is encouraging fans to run onto the field, some people were amazed by what they saw. Home-plate umpire Manny Gonzalez didn't like having to stop the game because of the fan, but it was clear that he was amused:

Buchanan somehow made it home—two hours away—without being apprehended.

For whatever reason, Buchanan spoke to Indianapolis' RTV6 about the matter, despite seemingly getting away with it. As for what took place out on the field with Hamilton, the fan said it wasn't the friendliest exchange:

You know, I don't think it'd be a big deal. It's not like I did anything to, you know, I didn't do anything to Billy Hamilton when I ran past him. I told him "What's up." What he said back was not the nicest, but I mean, it's all just a joke. I don't think I really interrupted anything. I was just kind of having fun, I guess.

Buchanan said he had looked up the consequences of running onto the field on his way to the game but isn't sure what to expect now:

I mean, I did it, you've got to live with the consequences, but I don't think I'll necessarily regret it. I don't think I'll be in all that much of trouble, at least I hope not. I think it was just kind of something fun to do.

Now that he has come forward and let everyone know he was the fan who ran onto the field, Buchanan can probably expect to receive some kind of discipline.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen and Henry Molski, Cincinnati police are investigating the matter and expect to issue a misdemeanor warrant.

[RTV6, Twitter]

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