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Fan who ran onto Citi Field after Johan Santana’s no-hitter fined $5,000

Sep 14, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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How much does a moment’s stupid impulse cost you in New York?  How about $5,000 and 100 hours of community service:

A New York Mets fan who ran onto Citi Field following Johan Santana‘s no-hitter has pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event.

Prosecutors said Thursday a judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and $1,000 to the city. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and cannot visit Citi Field for year, although the Mets have already banned him for life.

It was already bad for the guy to begin with, what with the fact that he missed his son’s first birthday party because of his arrest. And because he was wearing jorts at the time.

$5,000 does seem a bit steep, though, no?  I mean, I understand you want to deter people from doing this and everything, but really: how likely is it that the Mets are going to give over-exuberant fans a reason to rush the field in the future? Deterring that is like deterring horse thievery. Or regicide.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Really stupid to run onto the field, and then miss your kids first birthday for being in jail for running onto the field! Muts won’t be giving their fans too many opportunities to do this but you’ve got to set a precedent for the Yankees in case one of their fans goes knucklehead.

  2. number42is1 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    “Prosecutors said Thursday a judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets …”

    Bobby Bonilla thanks him

  3. makeham98 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Uh, the fine is supposed to be steep. More than your drunk buddies dare paid off. and 100 hours of community service is nothing to sneeze at.

  4. thatyankeedude - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I agree. That is a pretty large fine. Another thing to put into perspective is this guy runs onto a field, while Casey Anthony kills her kid and some how the guy that runs onto the field is paying 5000 while the other didn’t get any penalty.

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Casey Anthony spent four years in jail and is facing civil litigation that could result in her paying much more than $5,000. The reason she wasn’t found guilty of murder is because that was the jury’s decision.

      That’s got nothing to do with Rafael Diaz, even if you had the facts right.

  5. heyblueyoustink - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    The manager who allowed his ace to throw all those pitches, consequently ( in theory, of course, nothing proven ) allowing your ace to be virtually a shell of himself for the rest of the season?

    Fined nothing.

  6. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    “how likely is it that the Mets are going to give over-exuberant fans a reason to rush the field in the future”

    It is very wise for them to create a deterent for themselves and all of MLB. I’ve heard when you fine some one, sometimes it gets national attention. You even see widely read blogs posting about it

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      “It is very wise for them to create a deterent for themselves and all of MLB. I’ve heard when you fine some one, sometimes it gets national attention. You even see widely read blogs posting about it.”

      You are killing me Delaware! You do realize your trolling Craig is very obvious…right?
      Please don’t misunderstand…he fully deserves it with all the Philly trolling he does.
      And it is quite funny. Actually, it’s funny when both of you guys do it.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I am trolling him – though not necerssarily on purpose. I do like his stuff, or obviously I would not read. And I do get a kick out him, and he make lots of great points (expect on anything PED related)

        But on this one, it is odd he seems to be mocking the Mets/NYC legal system for coming down on a potentially dangerous situation (look at the Tom Gamboa attack). I’ve got a good half decade on Craig, but I know he too is old enough to remember when fans running on the field was not that unusual. Frankly, everyone is better off that it now IS so unusual, and the court was absoultely right to send (and broadcast) a message that running on the field is not going to cost you.

        Running on the field is – in fact – a far worse offense then being a cad to Miguel Cabrera

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        that running on the field IS going to cost you

        EDIT FUNTCION!!!!

  7. hisgirlgotburrelled - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    $1,000 = fine for running on the field
    $4,000 = $200 X 20 missing inches from his jeans?

  8. heyblueyoustink - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Besides, NYC needs the money, how else are they going to keep the evil soft drinks from infiltrating society.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Yes…Blue. After all…Big Brother knows what’s best for you. And it is in the form of 16 oz. or less.
      Just another step down that path.

    • heyblueyoustink - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Demolition Man baby, Demolition man

  9. sdelmonte - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    “If you know the name of the monarch, press 1.”

    The comparison with horse theivery, however, is not valid in NYC. There are plenty of horses used for hansom cabs in and around Central Park, and plenty of privately owned horses. I suspect people steal them about as often as NYC fans in general have something to celebrate by rushing onto the field.

    • number42is1 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      well done on the Simpsons reference.

      • sdelmonte - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        I so rarely get to use that line, but it’s one of my favorites for being just so surreal.

  10. Jacob - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I never thought of regicide as something to be discouraged. Unless, you know, you were the king.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Favorite of my AP US History teacher:

      What do you call it when you kill you father? Patricide
      What do you call it when you kill your mother? Matricide
      What do you call it when you kill a king? Regicide
      What do you call it when you kill a teacher? Murder

  11. kkolchak - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    If the Mets want to engender some fan good will, they should announce they they are foregoing the collection of the $4,000 in civil penalties. This dope has been punished enough, and after all he was trying to celebrate a glorious moment in franchise history rather than trying to disrupt the game.

    • number42is1 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      he disrupted no game… it was over

      • kkolchak - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        That’s what I said.

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