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Embarrassed Orioles hire extra field security

May 9, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

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Seemingly motivated by the April 27 incident in which home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg had to step in and tackle a fan on the field, the Orioles have beefed up security at Camden Yards by hiring private security guards, CSN Baltimore’s Rich Dubroff reports.

The guards will work in tandem with Baltimore City police officers in patrolling the lines before Orioles games and between innings.

“The club believes it is important to provide adequate support to discourage illegal fan behavior such as running onto the field as well as to quickly and effectively address any problems should they arise,” Orioles director of communications Greg Bader said in response.

The Orioles have had at least four people jump the fence and take the field during games this season. At least one, the Batman-wannabe from Opening Day, has been banned from the park for life.

  1. randygnyc - May 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    “has been banned from the park for life.”

    Not. Fooling. Around.

    • matt21202 - May 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Yeah I would like to see that enforced

      • bjavie - May 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        Yeah, how do you enforce that? If it takes this long to pony up for security, I don’t think they are going to dole out any funds for facial recognition software. Orioles fans deserve better. I know many and they are good peeps.

      • nategearhart - May 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        You can’t exactly enforce it, BUT if he goes to the park and steps out of line and gets caught he can be prosecuted for trespassing.

    • Jonny 5 - May 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Everyone wearing a batman costume will need to show ID.

  2. sabatimus - May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM


    • madhatternalice - May 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I just…I don’t…what?

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    A large part of the blame resides with the state’s attorney’s office’s who declined to prosecute the Batman streaker, over the objections of the Orioles. He gained so much press, and every report mentioned how he was not charged, that it likely helped motivate like minded attention seekers. While there will always be morons who think it’s funny to run on the field, when one such individual is publicized, and even revered to the degree of the Batman runner, other people tend to follow suit. Start showing these morons serving a few weekends in jail and we’ll see how many want to join that club. I’m reminded of what our mothers all told us when we were kids…”It’s all fun and games till someone gets hurt.” One of these days one of these idiots is going to take out a player, and umpire, or a coach and the joke will quickly come to an end.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      In addition, I have a radical idea. The current rule is for TV cameras to never show any part of the moron’s field activities. I suggest we amend that. When the person is caught, they should be handcuffed and a hood placed over their head (roomy enough to allow them plenty of air; no need to injure more than their pride and wallet). At that point the TV cameras should show them being hauled off the field so everyone sees. And there should be followup so we all can see who has been banned and, one hopes, prosecuted.

    • rarson - May 10, 2012 at 2:53 AM

      Jail is not a deterrent for these people. The best thing, in my opinion, is to simply let them have their fun for a few minutes, and then ban them from the park. A lifetime ban is far worse than any jail time, for a true fan.

      And not showing them on TV does nothing other than frustrate the TV viewers, who would surely like at least a glimpse at whatever it is that is causing the delay of the game that they’re watching. At least I know I would.

      • thepenaltyflag - May 10, 2012 at 4:04 AM

        Yeah, I can’t stand how they don’t show anything but I understand the reasoning behind it.

    • ptho16 - May 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      The city of Baltimore barely prosecutes violent criminals, why would they prosecute someone running on to the field. They are only concerned with parking tickets and redlight cameras.

    • Kanonen80 - May 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      I think I read somewhere that they didn’t press charges against the Bat Man because he was mentally handicapped.

  4. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    If this happened in a certain other city all of the trolls would be making comments.

  5. bcjim - May 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    How do you enforce a ban? Anyway, Its usually funny, give theses folks a citation for misdemeanor trespassing and move on.

  6. teamobijuan - May 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Too bad hot chicks never streak. They’d get the rules rewritten.

  7. stoutfiles - May 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Just put signs up saying “If you run out onto the field, you will be shot”. And then when someone runs out on the field, shoot them. Everyone gets the message. Problem solved.

  8. gloccamorra - May 11, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t see how extra guards will help if they still use the current method of surrounding them and slowly moving in. The faster they’re physically restrained and removed, the better.

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