Fans who rush a professional sports field have to weigh the pros and cons — a few moments of glory offset by spending time in a jail cell and possibly facing criminal charges.
But while the cape-wearing, clad-in-Batman-undies spectator who disrupted the
Police and Orioles officials referred questions to the Baltimore state's attorney's office, which said the man's release without being charged was the result of a miscommunication.
"This is a misstep that we will not make again," said Mark
Mark Harvey, the 26-year-old Severn man named in a police report on the Opening Day incident, didn't entirely escape consequences. He sat in jail for 13 hours, according to authorities, and the Orioles say he will be banned from the stadium for life.
Orioles spokeswoman Monica Barlow expressed concern over the charging oversight, saying the team "would always want anyone who trespasses on the field to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Otherwise, you'll have more people doing this." She declined to comment further.
Harvey didn't immediately respond to a message sent to what appears to be his
"This is my sister's friend," one person wrote in a comment posted to one of the videos. "He just spent the night in jail, released the next morning, that's all. Hilarious."
But others annoyed by the spectacle were dismayed to hear that he got off with a slap on the wrist.
"THAT'S IT?? … one night in the cooler?" someone responded.
"[People] like this should be sentenced to a month in jail," another said.
One video showed Harvey dancing on the outfield wall and flinging dollar bills from his shorts before taking the field. Someone encourages him to, "Go, dude, go, dude," before he dismounts onto the warning track.
It took a while for the antics to come to an end, as police are instructed not to give chase so they don't become part of a spectacle. The officers instead try to surround trespassers and tackle them when they're cornered. One of Baltimore's finest gave Harvey a healthy shoulder check before officers placed him in handcuffs.
Once detained, trespassers are taken to a holding cell underneath the stadium and transferred to Central Booking, where detainees can spend hours before being released.
Cheshire, with the prosecutor's office, declined to discuss what exactly the miscommunication entailed.
Baltimore police and prosecutors also couldn't provide information on previous trespassing incidents and outcomes, but few have made news in recent years. A teenager led police last year on a rather lengthy chase — he ran around on the field, jumped back into the stands, then ran back onto the field — but because he was a juvenile, police didn't release his name and the outcome of the case was unknown.
In other cities, trespassers have been hit hard.
A man who streaked naked at the
Perhaps more costly, the man — who has a tattoo of the Mets logo on his chest — was blacklisted for life. "I can't even go to
Of course, Consalvi got back into the spotlight, later appearing in an episode of the
The next night, a 34-year-old man ran on the field, was booed by the crowd and was charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and narcotics possession. The outcome of that case was unclear.
"We prosecute all people coming onto the field to the maximum penalty," said Bonnie Clark, vice president of communications for the Philadelphia Phillies.