Police: Fan who walked on PNC Park field says friend dared him to
Home plate umpire Ben May slowly made sure he stayed out of the individual’s path.
Philadelphia Phillies batter Brad Miller stood his ground until the casually walking fan got close enough to the batter’s box and extended his arm for a handshake Miller took a few hastened steps away in an obvious effort to avoid him.
A man in a security uniform slowly and deliberately pursued from behind in foul territory on the third-base side. Another slowly pursued from the opposite side, in front of the visiting dugout on the first-base side.
This man just casually walked onto the field at PNC Park, then approached Brad Miller. Seemed like he wanted to shake Miller's hand.
This was weird. pic.twitter.com/1W8RVGyJNv
— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) July 21, 2019
A palpable chatter among fans indicated something was up, but clearly no one was panicked by a man of unknown identity — likely a fan — who was walking on the field at PNC Park during the top of the sixth inning of a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Phillies on Sunday.
— Erin (@erinlmbrt) July 21, 2019
The man, wearing a blue-and-white Hawaiian shirt, jeans and sunglasses, leisurely strolled up to a security officer who was similarly casual in his purpose and gait. The man was cuffed in front of the Phillies dugout and escorted along the seating on the first-base side and up a concourse row.
— Mike (@ChaiMike26) July 21, 2019
Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Cara Cruz identified him only as a 24-year-old man from Central Pennsylvania.
“The male told police he did it because a friend dared him to,” Cruz said in a statement.
He faces charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.
He did not appear to be carrying any weapons. Metal detectors are at each entrance to the ballpark.
Fans cheered as the man was cuffed, and play resumed soon thereafter.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .