The fan who rushed the field after Santana’s no-hitter missed his son’s first birthday party

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D.J. wrote on Saturday morning about the jersey-wearing Mets fan who rushed the field after Johan Santana’s no-hitter and joined in the on-field celebration until security figured out that it was not, in fact, the ghost of Cary Carter, wearing jorts, coming back to revel in the historic accomplishment.

As that went to press, we did not know who the trespasser was. Now we do: Rafael Diaz, age 32.  And he’s probably in big trouble with the mother of his son:

Diaz paid a stiff penalty, both at home and Citi Field.

He missed his 1-year-old son’s birthday party Saturday, and the Mets have banned him for life from their home park.

“That’s the bad part,” Diaz said of missing his son’s bash.

Balloons from the party were still all around his home yesterday.

I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Because so many of their parents are impulsive jorts-wearing doorknobs without any sense of priorities.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.