MLB: 13 Most Absurd Fan-on-the-Field Videos in Baseball History

Jim MancariCorrespondent IJune 30, 2011

MLB: 13 Most Absurd Fan-on-the-Field Videos in Baseball History

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    Throughout baseball history, there’s always some idiot in the crowd who thinks he can run on the field and get away with it.

    While many of these fan-on-field encounters are quite amusing, it usually doesn’t end up so well for the perpetrators—who either spend a night in jail or get decked by a security guard.

    Though game telecasts no longer show on-field escapades, there are thousands of fans in the stands that record the action on their cell phones for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.

    Here are 13 absurd fan-on-the-field incidents—with video of course.

13. Fan Runs on Field During Brawl

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    The benches cleared during a game in 2007 between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

    While the players were converging behind home plate, a fan decided that maybe if he ran on the field at that point, no one would notice him.

    However, the brawl dissipated rather quickly, and the fan was a sitting duck—so much so that after he attempted a back flip, he just lay on the outfield grass and let security handcuff him.

    Surprisingly, the fan did not put up a fight even after just witnessing a brawl.

12. Last Game at Yankee Stadium

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    During the last game at Yankee Stadium, a fan attempted to write another chapter in the Yankees great history by trying to escape stadium security.

    It didn’t work.

    Running onto the field when more than a dozen armed officers on horseback were present wasn’t the brightest idea.

    Officers converged from every direction on this guy, and as they were taking him away, he symbolically kicked during Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

11. Three Fans Run on Field During 7th Inning Stretch

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    Right as the final out was made in the top of the seventh in a game in 2008 between the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, three shirtless young fans stormed the field and put on their own seventh inning stretch performance.

    After starting as a group, the three branched off from each other, making it extremely difficult to corral them.

    One slid into home plate, but then slipped, which allowed the guards to nab him.

    Another gave the “safe” symbol on third base, but then fell to the grass in exhaustion.

    Overall, it was an entertaining show for the fans.

10. Fans Run on Field During Rain Delay

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    More so in the past than these days, some players come out and slide around on the tarp during rain delays to entertain fans who are sticking out the weather.

    However, two fans during a 2009 game in Cincinnati invaded the field during a rain delay.

    Though he looked like he would outrun the one security guard chasing him, the first fan slipped on the wet grass and was caught.

    The other fan appeared later in the video. Since we don’t see him for the duration, he technically could have gotten away.

    Maybe if rain delays weren’t so boring, fans wouldn’t feel compelled to slide around on the tarp.

9. Orioles Fan Stays on Field for 2 Full Minutes

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    During a game at Camden Yards in 2010, a fan emerged onto the field from the left field bleachers.

    After running around aimlessly, it seemed his energy would run out. However, the security guards did not chase him around. He began changing directions and wound up prolonging his on-field experience for two minutes.

    My question is: Was the game action so boring that the Orioles' security staff let this last so long?

8. Two Fans at Once

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    A fan ran onto the field during a June 1995 game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. He was an older gentleman, so he didn’t really put up much of a fight.

    As he was being escorted out in the right field corner, another fan made a made dash towards second base and dove head first into the bag.

    It seemed as though a ball was thrown at him as he was diving into second.

    That could have been an ugly situation for the person who threw it. It had to have been either a player or an umpire.

7. Two Drunk Fans Attack Tom Gamboa

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    This next example is not as lighthearted as the previous ones.

    On September 19, 2002, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, two drunk fans—a father and son—ran onto the field and attacked Kansas City Royals' first base coach Tom Gamboa.

    One man used a knife during the attack, which ultimately resulted in permanent hearing damage for Gamboa. The Royals players and coaches sprinted out from the dugout to prevent further injury.

    The fans claimed Gamboa had “flipped them the bird,” which Gamboa said was totally false.

    This was a scary incident, all in all. Luckily there is no available video to relive this terrible occurrence.

6. Fan Hugs Barry Bonds

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    Though this video picks up after the fact, it’s still absurd.

    In his final season with the San Francisco Giants, Barry Bonds greeted a fan with a big hug before the fan was reprimanded by security.

    It coaxed a huge roar from the crowd. Interestingly, Bonds later clubbed his 750th career home run in that game.

    Though he’s been called unfriendly, Bonds showed his friendly side during this incident.

5. Twins Fan Tries to Escape over Garbage Bag Wall

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    During what turned out to be the last Minnesota Twins game at the Metrodome during the 2009 playoffs, a fan wanted to leave a lasting impression.

    He slipped onto the field and ran toward the outfield wall. He was chased by a herd of security guards, but when the nearest one slipped, it looked like he would escape over the wall.

    However, he forgot that the wall was called the “garbage bag” for a reason.

    He lost his traction and was inundated, thus ending his on-field quest.

4. The Great Escape in Houston

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    Unlike the guy in Minnesota, a fan in Houston pulled off the “Great Escape” earlier this season in a game against the New York Mets.

    In the ninth inning, a fan bolted towards Tal’s Hill in center field. He was able to successfully get over the wall without being caught.

    Security was waiting for him in the stands, but he instead acrobatically vaulted himself over another ledge and eventually escaped under the train tracks.

    This was truly one of the most absurd fan-on-field videos ever.

3. Phillies Fan Tasered

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    In May 2010, a young Phillies fans ran onto the field waving a towel.

    He was basically surrounded by security, but one of the guards thought it necessary take out his Taser gun. The fan went down easily.

    The players got a kick out of it, but was a Taser really necessary to subdue a 17 year-old fan?

2. Disco Demolition Night

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    On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox hosted “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park.

    An estimated 90,000 fans showed up at the 52,000-capacity ballpark. After the first game of a doubleheader, a crate containing disco records was blown up in center field, causing a small fire.

    Fans immediately rushed the field, and a riot ensued.

    The field was so badly torn up after the riot the umpires were forced to postpone the second game.

    This wasn’t exactly the best promotional idea ever.

1. Parachutist Lands on Field During Game 7 of 1986 World Series

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    Mets pitcher Ron Darling took his sign in the first inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but he was forced to step off.

    Why, you may ask?

    Only because a parachutist had landed on the field at Shea Stadium. The parachutist turned out to be actor Michael Sergio, who sported a “Let’s Go Mets” banner as he made his way to the field.

    He was immediately arrested.

    On one of baseball biggest stages, one of baseball’s most absurd incidents occurred.

    Note: This is not the actual video. This is a video from the 1986 Mets commemoration ceremony in 2006.

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