The idea of running onto a baseball field during a game used to be mildly cute. At least if you weren’t violent or dumb or something. Morganna the Kissing Bandit was sort of fun in a “we didn’t think too hard about a lot of things in the 70s and early 80s” kind of way. Streakers were hilarious for about 15 minutes back in 1974. Since then? Some ne’er-do-wells occasionally run onto the field but they’re apprehended and quickly forgotten. Or apprehended and immortalized.
Do it now, though, and it’s serious business:
A 19-year-old Indiana man is getting one year of probation and has been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for running onto the field during a Cincinnati Reds home game in July.
That seems kinda stiff for a misdemeanor trespassing beef. I suppose in this paranoid and authoritarian day and age he should be thankful he wasn’t indicted on some sort of terrorism-at-a-public-event charge, but it still seems like a lot for a 50-yard run through an outfield and out again.