The New York Post is reporting that a hard-core Mets fan who rushed onto Citi Field after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the club’s history Friday night is now facing two misdemeanor charges.
According to the report, Rafael Diaz, 32, hopped over the wall on the first base side of the field and charged the mound along with the rest of the Mets players to congratulate Santana on his incredible feat.
Diaz, wearing a throwback Gary Carter No. 8 jersey, made it all the way to the pitcher’s mound where he began hugging various players before he was apprehended.
Another fan, 25-year-old John Ries, also attempted to join the celebration but was stopped as he hit the foul line on the first-base side.
Following the incident, both Diaz and Ries were charged with trespassing and entering the field of a sports event, otherwise known as the “Calvin Klein Law,” named after the famed designer’s venture on the MSG floor during a 2003 Knicks game.
In addition to being tackled hauled off the diamond by security guards and spending Friday and Saturday night in a jail cell, the Post writes that Diaz faced a much stiffer penalty upon his release.
He missed his 1-year-old son’s birthday party Saturday, and the Mets have banned him for life from their home park.
“That’s the bad part,” Diaz said of missing his son’s bash.
When asked whether his jaunt was worth all the trouble he’d gotten into, Diaz smiled and declined to answer. Fox reports that he and Ries are due back in court on July 2nd.
Buzz:60 has more on Diaz’s on field celebration and the consequences he faces in the video below:
Readers: Do you think Rafael Diaz deserves a permanent ban from Mets home games or were his two nights in jail punishment enough for his actions?