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This is kind of scary: that fan from Game 3 was going after A-Rod

Oct 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

While most fans who run on the field during ballgames are either drunk, attention whores or both, it seems like the one who jumped on the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 was a different kettle of fish: he was nuts. And likely dangerous.

According to the New York Post, the fan, Grim LeRogue — who legally changed his name from Joe Rogan (!) —  was carrying pictures with him when he jumped on the field. One of them was a picture of A-Rod with an X written over his face and a picture of a gun pointed at his head.  Also written on the picture were the words “you have to go bud, you’ve ruined too many of our white queens.”  This reference was apparently in relation to A-Rod dating Cameron Diaz, pictures of whom LeRogue also had. Oh, and on those he had written “we shall be together soon.” And, for a final bonus, he had pics of Osama bin Laden with him, with pledges of loyalty written on them.

Good work by the New York police and stadium security for getting to this guy before he could get near anyone. I want in my heart of hearts to believe that he’s just a pathetic nut who wouldn’t have truly done any harm to A-Rod or anyone else — he didn’t have a weapon him when he made his break — but frankly, I feel a lot better when trespassers are drunk knuckleheads, not obsessives.

  1. fndan9 - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Grim LeRogue? sounds like a comicbook villain. Would have been cooler if Spiderman swooped down and grabbed this dude.

  2. frankvzappa - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    did he also have a copy of “Catcher in the Rye”?

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM

      To compare A-Rod to John Lennon is a bit extreme, don’t you think? I can name several composers from hundreds of years ago that are similar in stature to Lennon (Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart come to mind), but not one single athlete from that far back (with the exception of Euripides, who ran the first marathon, then died).

      • Dan Friedman - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM

        Euripides? You mean Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon—Euripides was a famous Ancient Greek playwright, most notable for Medea and the Bacchae. Of course, you may have been joking, as I think frankvzappa certainly was with his Catcher In the Rye reference. Either way, I’ve revealed myself as a classics nerd.

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

        Don’t worry, Dan. You’re not alone. My son was home from college on fall break last week and aside from one or two excursions to the local sushi bar, he spent most of his time assiduously translating a couple of chapters of the Aeneid for his midterm. And then there was Bart Giamatti….

  3. Detroit Michael - Oct 20, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    This guy is several cards short of playing with a full deck, seemingly.

    Thumbs down to the New York Post for calling him a “fruitcake.” They might have been implying that the guy was crazy but my impression is that it is more widely understood as an anti-gay slur.

    • heiniemanush - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM

      “Nutty as a fruitcake” is the implication.

  4. Jonny 5 - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    The fact is he could have had a weapon. It isn’t hard to get by gate security with things stuffed places a security officer won’t check. Now this is why everyone who runs on the field should be immediately tazed until they KNOW he isn’t a danger. As much as everyone dislikes A-rod, no one wants him to be killed or injured by a mental patient. I look at it this way. Everyone knows you aren’t allowed to do that so if they do get tased, they asked for it. Just like if you run from a cop in any other situation you are apt to be tased. I’m more concerned over the safety of the players than a guy peeing himself because he was tased. Like I said, they asked for it.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      Jonny, I said it at the time and I’ll say it again now…I couldnt’ agree more. Sadly, the fact is that many people are going to ignore the potential danger until an athlete is actually injured or killed on the field by some idiot who is nuts and bring a gun onto the field. It is easy to laugh now and say “It’s just some idiot or a drunk”. When it is an actual suicidal person, whose wife left him and he lost his job and just wants to commit suicide so he runs onto the field, shoots a player or umpire then himself…maybe then the tazers will become commonplace…as usual, just a little too late.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

        I began to soften my stance on this after more harmless pranksters did it. But this is exactly why i felt the first guy at philly got what he had coming to him. Any crazy person could really hurt a player if they really wanted to. I would rather error on the side of protecting the players at all costs above that of the offender on the field. They ask for it imo.

    • F*ck LA - Oct 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      fascist

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

        Wow…what a well-thought-out and delivered argument. How you presented the contrary evidence is just stunning. Bravo. And nice handle.

  5. thecommonman8791 - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Yeah, shoot first and ask questions later is exactly how our police should be conducting themselves. Hell, don’t stop at a taser. Might as well use a gun.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

      When you break the law, you deserve everything you get. Running onto the field breaks the law. They don’t like being tazed, then don’t run on the field. So long as you say it ahead of time at every game…”LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. IF YOU RUN ONTO THE FIELD YOU WILL BE TAZED. YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO JAIL. AND YOU WILL SERVE A SENTENCE OF NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS. THANK YOU” Period. Then nobody would ever run onto the field…and if they did…TAZE TIME MUTHA F***A!!!

      Also, don’t steal a cop car in Vegas or you will get the same treatment….IN THE FACE!!!!! Watched that for the 20th time last night and stayed up til 2am…hilarious freaking show.

      • The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

        “when you break the law, you deserve everything you get.”

        I see. And so I should beat you with a sack of oranges the next time you run a red light or jaywalk? If I put up a sign in my yard telling dog owners that any mutt that poops on my lawn gets shotgunned for trespassing, do I have that right? Because I hate picking up other people’s dogs’ poop. Force must be justifiable and not excessive.

        The police tackled the guy and led him away. Obviously they exercised the appropriate level of force for the situation.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM

        The punishment must fit the crime. The fact is that while the dog crapped on your lawn, it did not put lives in jeopardy. When an idiot runs on the field, you don’t know what his mission is. You can say all you want that tackling the guy and leading him away worked this time. Ok it did. But what if it is a fast kid and the police are slow..like what happened in Philly. And what happens when said person shoots Roy Halladay right in his face because he lost $1000 on him the game before and his life is in shambles and he’s being hounded by bookies.

        Right, what happens is that every stadium in America will now get metal detectors, and advise people that they will be tazed and punished to the fullest extent of the law if they run onto the field. You call it excessive force. I call it saving lives.

        Just in time.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

      Why stop there? Automatic weapons with dumdum ammunition. I want to see the guy doing the Tommy Wiggle like Bonnie and Clyde, or like that starcrossed Johnny Caspar flunky that Leo nailed from his yard, even if he had to take out his chandelier in the process. The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson.

      It would take the groundskeepers hardly a minute to put the sod right again.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

      Don’t be such a puss common man. You make NY’ers look bad. ;>P
      On a serious note though. You never know just how crazy a person is and you don’t know their intentions. Yes Tase first, ask questions later. To throw in the gun option just dillutes the fact that tasers are a good way to subdue a person without inflicting real harm when used properly. Less injury has been caused by these things than by cops tackling people.

  6. BC - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    If ever there were a case for tasing, this is it. Should have tased him into the next decade.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM

      Bowels in or bowels out?

      • God Himself Can't Make Me Root for the Yanks, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

        Lecter can’t hold a candle to Savanarola. (Get it, candle… fire… [crickets]).

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:42 PM

        Booooo….

  7. rccinc - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Where is Mike Curtis when we need him!!

  8. Walk - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    I havent chased a fleeing criminal in about 6 years. I am blessed with a very fast partner, i just walk over and make sure they have surrendered and then take up the slack on brecks leash. Most people seem very happy to get to the lock up after that. In all seriousness though the ball park should be treated the same as anywhere else if a peace officer orders you stop, you should. If not you should be subject to the same use of force continium that the local department mandates. If a taser is allowed by policy it should be used under the guidelines which do take into account age and health of a subject. Something to take note of was the increase of streakers after the tasing incident in philly when it was publicly stated that it would not be used again.

  9. God Himself Can't Make Me Root for the Yanks, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    “When you break the law, you deserve everything you get.”

    “The punishment must fit the crime.”

    Make up your mind, Fiorentino!

    Also, jonny5, those 240+ (last documented count I heard) people who died as a result of tasing might disagree just a wee tad with that “without inflicting real harm” stuff.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM

      Mainly because alot of cops think it’s alot of fun to bang the “Juice” button over, and over again. If you look into it most cases where people died this was the case. The key is “proper use”. Now if you can jump a wall and run all over the field, chances are you’ll be able to take at least 3 good shots from his thing without even wetting yourself. Btw how does a dead person disagree with anything? Do they just ignore what they don’t agree with?

  10. anythingbutyanks - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Walk- that reminds me of the solution that I think would be best. Just have four trained German Shepherds stationed around the perimeter of the field with officers and when someone puts their feet on the field illegally, let them loose. Somehow I think people fear the dogs more than tasers, and the whole debate about tasers being lethal (complete bs, btw) is resolved.

    • God Himself Can't Make Me Root for the Yanks, But Fiorentino Might - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM

      Yeah, “complete bs.” Hmmmm… Taser International itself no longer claims their product is “non-lethal,” having finally given up in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The preferred term now is “less-lethal.”

      In a case with remarkable parallels that you also may have missed, Phillip Morris has given up claims that there is no link between cigarette smoking and cancer.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM

        Disclaimer: If you run onto the field you will be tased which can be lethal to a small percentage of the population. Don’t run onto the field. Don’t get tased. Don’t become one of the few deaths attributed to these devices.
        It’s as simple as that.
        That will keep crazy people from trying to stab A-rod or any other player. If you want to chase them all over until that happens, well that’s a shame imo.

  11. ta192 - Oct 20, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    The question that keeps running through my mind:

    If you were at a game, and some goof jumped out of the stands onto the field, got Tased, convulsed and died on the field from it, would that increase your enjoyment of the game? Show of hands…

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