As sad as it is, MLB has a problem with fans running onto the field in the middle of a baseball game. Whether it’s because the fans are drunk, they got 1,000 re-tweets on Twitter, or just because they’re plain stupid, these fans think it’s a good idea to trespass onto the field and something has to be done about this phenomenon.
The television broadcasts are already trying to combat the problem, they’re not showing the idiots running across the field because many believe that if the trespassers don’t get the attention that they’re obviously craving then they’ll stop doing it. While a good theory, that hasn’t really been working. Someone at the stadium always has the ability to record it and upload the trespasser’s 30 seconds of fame to a website like YouTube and then news outlets grab the story and the moron who ran onto the field gets the attention anyway.
Legal ramifications haven’t seemed to deter these clowns either. If someone decides to jump onto the field of play during a game everybody laughs at them (some cheer) as they wait for security and/or the police to tackle said clown, put the guy or girl in handcuffs and take them to the police station which is where the real fun begins. The fan then gets charged with trespassing and has to wait in jail for their bond to be posted, then the person gets a court-date where their punishment is determined (likely a fine, community service or even jail time). On top of all of that, there is a good chance the trespasser gets banned from the park or from all properties belonging to the MLB.
While that certainly sounds like a blast, it must not be registering in people’s minds because it’s still occurring relatively often. Tuesday afternoon in a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees it happened again. Two fans ran onto the field during the eighth inning and ran around the outfield before being tackled by security. After the game Adam Jones voiced his displeasure rather bluntly.
“I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid,” Jones said. “You look like an [idiot] when you run on the field.”
“We don’t go to any other events,” Jones then explained. “We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. You’re [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.”
“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore. I was laughing at him,” Jones continued. “I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the [crap] out of them. I wish that.”
While Jones does come across as a bit harsh in his postgame comments, you should keep in mind that the outfielder has never been one to tiptoe around subjects. He lets his feelings be known. Not to mention that Jones is really one of the nicest guys in the industry who has done good things for fans.
More importantly though, Jones might be onto something. While some of the players may find it amusing, I’d bet that a majority share Jones’ point of view when it comes to fans running onto the field. Maybe above and beyond the legal ramifications and not being put on TV what needs to happen is the players need to be allowed to go all “Ty Cobb“ and spike the trespassers. Seriously though, could the players voicing their feelings about the matter help stop the problem?