Monday night, as the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992 by beating the Rangers in Texas, a lifelong Pirates fan at the game decided to run onto the field.
Ryan Matthew Rock was arrested, spent the night in jail, and now faces the possibility of a $2,000 fine and/or more jail time. Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette tells the rest of Rock’s story:
Rock, who moved to Dallas a little more than three years ago and works as a bartender, said he got the idea to run on the field in the eighth inning. He jokingly posted a picture to his Facebook page from his first-base line seats, saying, “This is one inning before I get arrested for jumping on the field.”
His friend, one of 13 Rangers fans who tagged along, tried to call his bluff. “My friend saw that and was like, ‘You won’t do that,’ ” Rock said. “A challenge is a challenge.”
And now, after spending the night in jail instead of celebrating his favorite team finally having a winning season? “I was showing my age a little bit,” he said. “And my stupidity.”
The lesson to be learned here? Don’t go on Facebook.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.