A law enforcement officer chases down a fan that ran onto the field before the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, May 3, 2010, in Philadelphia. St. Louis won 6-3. The officer used a Taser gun to apprehend the fan on the field.
Takin' it to the streets
Most instances of fans going wild over their team happens in the stands . . . or on the field, but definitely at their home stadium. Unless your team wins the World Series three time zones away. With Halloween only days away and their team sporting the colors of the witching season, San Francisco Giants fans took the streets and started random bonfires on Oct. 28, 2012, to celebrate after their team swept the Detroit Tigers for San Francisco's second title in three seasons.
Not the proper venue
A man runs onto the field Tuesday holding a sign saying 'Abortion is Sin' before the Cincinnati Reds host the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A fan who ran onto the field during a game between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels looks back at a sheriff's deputy wielding a taser Aug. 31, 2012, in Seattle. The fan, who had avoided security personnel for several minutes as he raced around the field, slowed to a stop when ordered by the armed deputy and was arrested.
An unidentified spectator rushes onto the playing field at the 2012 College World Series and pats Arizona center fielder Joey Rickard.
Following Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1, 2012, 32-year-old Mets fan Rafael Diaz made his way onto the field to celebrate with the team. Diaz spent two days (38 hours) in jail on trespassing charges, missed his son’s first birthday party on Saturday, and received a lifetime ban from Citi Field. “I couldn’t help myself,” Diaz said. “I just wanted to be on the mound celebrating the no-hitter.”
A fan who ran onto the field during baseball game between Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves is restrained by Turner Field security officers.
A fan who entered the field fist bumps with New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher during the ninth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
A fan runs on the field in front of Toronto Blue Jays first baseman David Cooper after his double during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre.
Walk off a hero, indeed
A man who said he lost a bet was charged with multiple city ordinance violations Thursday night after streaking onto the field in the middle of the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. See more naked ambition here.
A fan is handcuffed by police after running onto the field in the 9th inning of the game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on May 17, 2012.
Technically, this chicken isn't an actual fan, but it still counts. The poor poultry was sent out on the pitch by protestors against the owners of the Blackburn club during its English Premier League soccer match against Wigan. The foul fowl was eventually caught so play could resume.
A fan is tackled by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg during a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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Forgot your uniform
A fan runs onto the field past Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury during the third inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Friendly Confines, unless ...
Security personnel chase after a fan who ran on the field during the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds game at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2012 in Chicago.
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Busted in Baltimore
An officer of the Baltimore Police Department tackles a fan who ran onto the field following the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11.
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Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles exchanges words with a fan who was arrested running onto the field before the start of the 12th inning of the game between the Orioles and New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 10 in Baltimore, Md.
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Lock him up
John Joseph Foley was so upset about an airline policy that he handcuffed himself to a goal post during a Premier League match to draw attention to the issue. Officials eventually used bolt cutters to free the man and allow the game to continue.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones tackles a fan who ran on the field at Lambeau Field in January 2012. It might have been the best tackle of the game as the Packers won a shootout 45-41.
A fan was escorted out of Game 3 of the 2011 World Series after throwing a wiffleball onto the field during the game. The front-row fan tried to distract Cardinals' outfielder Matt Holliday by tossing his ball on the grass while the outfielder was trying to catch a fly ball in play.
Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds had a banana thrown at him as he took a shot during a shootout in a 2011 exhibition game in London, Ontario. He still made the shot. "That's a first for me," he said. "I guess it's something I obviously have to deal with, being a black player playing a predominantly white sport."
Black, white and red
Arizona student Jace Lankow was arrested after running on the field during a game dressed as a referee. He then ripped off his clothes while blowing a whistle before being tackled by security. Lankow was arrested on charges of criminal impersonation.
Golf fan Brandon Kelly was arrested for disturbing the peace after yelling Tiger Woods' name and tossing a hot dog in his direction during the Frys.com Open in California. As the fan later explained, "I thought to myself, 'I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.'"
Chaos reigned in Vancouver as fans rioted following the Canucks' loss to Boston in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. But this fan showed compassion for girlfriend after she was injured trying to get away from the disruptive crowd.
A fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, jogged onto the field on Sept. 20, 2010, at Citizens Bank Park in Philidelphia (where else), and briefly eluded security guards. Atlanta left fielder Matt Diaz helped tackle the costumed fan by coolly banging his knee into the back of the fan's knee, knocking him down. The guards then apprehended the fan. Diaz got an ovation from the crowd and received high-fives from teammates in the dugout. ''I saw this idiot coming right at me,'' Diaz said. ''I figured he'd be better off getting tripped than Tased.''
Only in New York
A fight broke out in the upper deck of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Sept. 2 match between Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner at the 2010 U.S. Open. The fisticuffs began when a female fan complained to a young man about his swearing. “I don’t give a (expletive) what anyone wants,” the young man told the woman, who slapped the young man across the face. Security guards eventually broke up the fracas and play was halted while the brawlers were escorted out. The hooligans were not charges with a crime but were banned from the tournament until 2012.
Don't tase me, bro!
Philly fans have booed Santa Claus, chucked batteries at opposing players, set off flares during games and required the presence of a courtroom at Veteran Stadium. So perhaps it's not a surprise that the City of Brotherly Love was home to what is believed to be the first on-field Tasering of an unruly fan at a Phillies game last May.
Robin Soderling wasn't able to offer up much resistance as Roger Federer stormed toward his 14th career Grand Slam. But Federer's bid to win his first French Open title in 2009 was almost derailed by a flag-waving fan who stormed the court and attempted to put a hat on the Swiss star's head. Federer admitted after the match that the incident was a bit unsettling and knocked him off his game, at least temporarily.
Enemy of the state
Cubs fan Steve Bartman inadvertently became a part of that franchise's sorry history when he unintentionally interfered with Chicago outfielder Moises Alou's attempt to catch a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. After the Marlins rallied to win the game, Bartman issued an apology to all Cubs fans, saying he was "truly sorry from the bottom of this Cubs fan's broken heart." In retrospect, however, it's probably Cubs fans who owe Bartman an apology.
Hardly par for the course
There wasn't much drama at the 18th hole of the 2000 British Open, seeing as how Tiger Woods was running away with the Claret Jug. But there was some comedy, as Woods had to wait for a streaker to be escorted from the Old Course before he could two-putt for his record-setting victory at St. Andrews.
Attack at Comiskey
In a bizarre and frightening incident at Comiskey Park in 2002, a father-son team ran onto the field and inexplicably attacked Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa. William Ligue Jr. and his 15-year-old son were charged with three counts of aggravated battery and one of mob action and were sentenced to 30 months of probation.
James Miller, aka Fan Man, attempted to paraglide into the ring during the 1993 title fight between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas. But he ended up just short and was subsequently knocked unconscious in a scuffle with fans and security details for both fighters. He would later joke about the incident: "It was a heavyweight fight and I was the only guy who got knocked out."
Her bust isn't in Cooperstown, but perhaps it should be. For a quarter century, Morganna the Kissing Bandit – who allegedly sported a 60-24-39 figure – was a frequent trespasser at ballparks all over the country. But truth be told, she didn't really have to steal smooches from superstars ranging from Pete Rose to Charles Barkley.
And the band played on
They weren't fans, per se. But the Stanford band was definitely not supposed to be on the field in the closing seconds of the 1982 game with arch-rival California. What ensued has come to be known simply as "The Play," which entailed five lateral passes, one flattened trombone player and a last-second, game-winning touchdown that will never be forgotten.
What started as a harmless on-field promotion (albeit one that featured the destruction of hundreds of unwanted disco records) turned into one of the more infamous events in baseball history. A small fire was set when the aforementioned albums were detonated and thousands of fans rushed the field. Six fans were injured in the riot, 39 others were arrested for disorderly conduct and the White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of their doubleheader with the Tigers when manager Sparky Anderson refused to send his team back onto the field.
Rick Monday was never known as a great defensive outfielder, but on April 25, 1976 the Cubs centerfielder made a pretty good save. During a game at Dodger Stadium, two fans ran onto the field and attempted to set an American flag on fire, but were thwarted in their efforts when Monday rushed in and rescued the flag.
Viewed now, the footage of two fans joining Hank Aaron as he circled the bases following his record-setting 715th home run appears purely celebratory in nature. Then? Aaron was momentarily frightened for his life, as he had been the recipient of death threats as he neared Babe Ruth's record.