Trespassers will be arrested and prosecuted … why?

I went to an Orioles game last week and was struck by a grand irony.


To provide context & contrast, remember a couple of years ago when an SEIU mob swarmed the house of a B of A executive?

Happened that Nina Easton – a Fortune reporter – lived next door, was at home to witness the events, and wrote about the incident in Fortune:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon,  my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer.

Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America.

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch.

Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

Police were summoned, but stood by idly … letting the mob rule.


OK, now fast forward to my trip to Camden Yards.

A couple of times during the game the scoreboard flashed:

“Trespassing on the field is a crime.  Violators will be arrested and prosecuted.”

Tell me, why is it a major crime for some drunk jackass to run across the field and slide into one of the bases?

Practically everybody in the park belly laughs watching, nobody gets hurt.

OK, a too-long game gets extended by a couple of more minutes.

So what?

Last year at an O’s game, a wingnut ran around the field eluding a pack of cops and was about to slide into home plate when an umpire tackled him.

Citizen’s arrest, I guess.


Now, back to my serious point.

Is running on a baseball field such an threatening act that police need to rush onto the field to corral and cuff the perp?

Apparently, yes.

So then, why don’t cops feel obligated to cuff somebody when their mob threatens a 14 year old kid?

Seems to me like something is badly out of whack.

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One Response to “Trespassers will be arrested and prosecuted … why?”

  1. Rob Marshall Says:

    Baseball teams and players have seemed to take running onto the field more seriously after Monica Seles even though that was a different sport. In baseball, Royals coach Tom Gamboa was attacked on the field by a father/son combo at Comiskey Park. Gamboa suffered permanent hearing loss. Security there changed drastically after that. It’s usually a reactive measure. Dodger Stadium security is totally different now than before the attack there outside the park last year.

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