Fans rushing the field during games is as old as sports itself. Some dudes just can’t sit back and watch the game that they and everyone else paid good money for.
99.99% of the time, they have to insert themselves into action and waste everyone’s precious time. That 00.01% of the time the fan actually puts on a display of athleticism that everyone in the stands can enjoy and that’s exactly what went down in Oakland over the weekend.
The Oakland A’s hold a 2-game lead over Cleveland and Tampa Bay in the top AL Wild Card spot and they’re 8-2 in their past 10 games. The A’s are on fire. As a Rays fan, it has been infuriating to see my team go 5-5 over their past 10 games while Oakland and Cleveland just refuse to lose a game, but I digress.
According to For The Win, the fan ran onto the field, juked security with an impressive display of athletic prowess, scaled the outfield wall like it was nothing, and got way. Well, it does seem like there’s an employee waiting for them at the top of the stairs but anything goes at the Oakland Coliseum.
I once paid a security guard $5 to let us jump the fence instead of buying tickets to an A’s-Rays game like 8 or 9 years ago. The dude asked me to crumple the bill up and drop it on the ground, then asked us to jump and climb the chainlink fence out front instead of just opening the gate he was standing in front of. Based on my experience, I imagine this guy got off with a slap on the wrists if he offered them a bribe.
Here’s the action via Twitter, if this tweet isn’t loading for you because Twitter’s blocked at school/work or wherever you can click here to access the tweet directly:
Based on Twitter replies, it appears this is the dude with the tremendous wheels in the outfield.
There’s no mention of what happened after he made it to the stands but I like ot think he made it out of the stadium without getting booked.
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