BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC) – For Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones, the means for cutting down on the number of fans from running onto the field during games is simple: Tase them.
Following Friday night’s game in Baltimore that saw home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg tackle a bare-chested fan running on the field, Jones told reporters that anyone who made their way on to the field in a disorderly fashion should be tased or taken down by K9 cops.
The incident was the fourth time this season at Camden Yards that a fan ran onto the field in a disruptive fashion.
“I vow that people get tased. I’d enjoy that,” Jones told reporters during postgame interviews. “You don’t run on the field and just disturb a game that’s going on. It’s private property, and I’m sick and tired. … Well, I’m not sick and tired, [but] I don’t like the way the cops go after them here. I know it’s not their call. I know the rules; they want them to create a circle or seal. Those kids are running all around those guys. No disrespect to the cops, but go get this dude, put your knee in his throat and tie his [butt] up, simple as that.
“It’s so annoying. I wish I can go out there as a player, but we can’t.”
During the bottom of the seventh inning in the Orioles’ game against Oakland on Friday, Christopher Fatkin, 20, removed his shirt and proceeded to run from the second base area, rounding third base and eventually sliding headfirst into home plate. He was given enough time to do this routine, as Baltimore Police are instructed to form a perimeter around the trespasser until the person is apprehended.
After Kellogg tackled Fatkin, the fan was arrested and transported to Baltimore’s Central Booking & Intake Facility, according to CBS Baltimore. Fatkin has been charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. Another 48 ejections were made Friday in addition to Fatkin’s arrest, according to CBS Baltimore.
Still, Kellogg could face disciplinary action from Major League Baseball for his takedown of the fan. But that didn’t stop Jones from tipping his hat to the umpire for his tackle. Jones added that a K9 unit to deter fans from fanning on to the field may also be an appropriate tactic.
“Let’s get a canine or something. A canine would be fine. Let the cop train him to get him,” he said.
Or, perhaps, Jones may hope that umpires be allowed to tackle unruly fans. He applauded Kellogg for his efforts.
“I told [Kellogg], ‘That’s awesome,’” Jones said. “I’m sick and tired of these guys running on the field, man.” He added: “It’s so annoying. You’re stopping the game. I understand you’re drunk. I mean, go do that on someone else’s expense. I hope that’s [Kellogg’s tackle] a lesson.”
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