It’s game one of the 2010 NLCS, there’s two outs in the top of the ninth, Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips hits a swinging bunt fielded by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz who throws to first base and gives Roy Halladay the first no hitter in Phillies playoff history.
If made available in an auction as a fan how much would you pay to celebrate with the players on the field at that precise moment?
Immediately following Johan Santana’s no hitter Friday night, a Mets fan decided to try and get away with it for free. As the players ran out of the dug out in celebration, so did a Mets fan dawning a Gary Carter jersey. As the players formed a circle around Santana, the random fan joined in, until security noticed.
As a result of briefly sharing in the most memorable moment in Mets recent history, the fan will be forced to pay over a thousand dollars in fines, and will face a lifetime ban from Citi Field.
Even if the fan was to receive a lifetime ban, how would the Mets enforce it? Plaster his picture at all the gates at Citi Field? In the end was the 15 seconds of awesomeness for the penalties? Years from now when the no hit celebration is shown that fan will be right there in the video. He was front and center, not even the best photo-shopper could dub him out.
Since he is Mets fan, I hate to admit it but I give the guy credit he was a part of the celebration for a good 15 seconds, and almost blended in with his pin-striped Gary Carter jersey, unfortunately it was his denim shorts that did him.