Here's video of the fool who ran onto the field at Camden Yards
April 05, 2011|By Matt Vensel
Baltimore sprung to life before yesterday's home opener, and the sellout crowd at Camden Yards buzzed in a way I had yet to witness in my five years in this city. Covering the first-place Orioles is suddenly exciting, and the rediscovered passion from the fan base plays a big role in that.
Camden Yards was rocking yesterday. The stadium shook when manager Buck Showalter was introduced before the game. The Warehouse trembled when Brian Roberts socked that three-run home run in the fifth inning and the crowd was on its feet when Koji Uehara closed out the win. Pratt Street was swarming with orange when I left the stadium an hour afterward.
The only major incident of idiotic fan behavior -- and we all saw it -- was when some knucklehead ran out onto the field in the sixth inning. The incident killed the buzz inside the stadium for a few minutes, but it wasn't enough to dampen a beautiful day at the ballpark.
I know this belt-less, beer-infused man isn't representative of the fan base, but in case you have plans on storming the field in a future game, I'm begging you to stay in the bleachers. Despite the initial cheers you'll get, it's poor form and it makes your city and your fellow fans look bad.
Sure, it might have made sense back when the Orioles were losing. After all, a police escort is the quickest way out of Camden Yards if you've had your fill of bad baseball. But not now, not during a wonderful home opener.
OK, my lecture is over now, and, as not to encourage such behavior by giving it attention in this space, I promise not to blog about any other fools who storm Camden Yards this season.
Well, unless they get Tasered. I have to blog about it if someone gets Tasered.
Anyway, here's the video of said knucklehead from yesterday's game:
And here's video from our Kevin Richardson of him getting hauled into the jail at Camden Yards: