Watch: Fan helps Jake Arrieta celebrate no-hitter, then gets arrested
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home run record, hitting No. 715 against Dodgers left hander Al Downing.
Britt Gaston and Cliff Courtenay, two 17-year-old fans, jumped onto the field along the first-base line and raced to catch up with Aaron as he was rounding the bases. They each patted him on the back midway between second and third base before peeling off and running up the third-base line to try to find an escape from security.
See more of our top stories on Facebook >>
On Thursday night, 22-year-old Dylan Cressy channeled Gaston and Courtenay. Cressy hopped the fence at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park and rushed onto the field to congratulate Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta after he tossed his second no-hitter in his last 11 regular season starts.
A fan wants in on celebrating with #Arrieta. pic.twitter.com/olDQMlEDvq— I Nevah Said Dat! (@RNs_Funhouse) April 22, 2016
Arrieta was the star, striking out six while walking four in the Cubs' 16-0 win, but Cressy got to live out every fan's dream of celebrating with their favorite team after a big moment.
Cressy's moment was brief as he joined the Cubs' jumping group hug only to be quickly ushered away by a security guard. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cressy was arrested over his personal congratulations and charged with criminal trespassing.
Get the latest in sports with our free newsletter >>
The Cubs (12-4) have the best record in baseball and Arrieta (4-0) is a big reason. He has continued his Cy Young award-winning form from last season, giving up just 15 hits and three runs in 31 innings this season. In his last 16 regular season starts, Arrieta is 15-0 with a 0.53 ERA.
MORE SPORTS NEWS
Dominic Wade says he can stun Gennady Golovkin
LA 2024 wraps up first round of meetings with international sports federations
Jake Arrieta pitches a no-hitter — his second since August — and Cubs rout Reds
Get our high school sports newsletter
Prep Rally is devoted to the SoCal high school sports experience, bringing you scores, stories and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes prep sports so popular.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.