|Friday, May 2
Hudson doesn't take chances with latest unruly fan
TORONTO -- Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson shoved a fan after the spectator ran onto the field in the ninth inning Friday night.
With two outs in the ninth inning of Toronto's 3-1 win over Anaheim, the fan came out of seats in the right-field corner and jogged toward second base, pointing at the bag.
Hudson got into a football stance and shoved the fan, who was a male. Three security guards then tackled the fan and escorted him off the field.
"I thought he was going after my boy, so I had to protect my player,'' said Hudson, who thought the fan was pointing at shortstop Chris Woodward. "I can't let that happen. He could have had a weapon.''
Mario Coutinho, the director of stadium operations, said the fan received a notice to appear in court to face a trespassing charge.
"He's also not permitted back. He's banned from SkyDome,'' Coutinho said.
Police Constable Doug Carroll said the fan can pay a $49 dollar fine or fight it in court.
Carroll said they wouldn't release name of the fan because they don't want others running onto the field to seek publicity.
On April 15, a fan ran onto the field and grabbed umpire Laz Diaz during a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. That prompted major league baseball officials to announce they would spare no expense in attempting to curtail the problem.
Last season, a father and son ran onto the field -- also at a White Sox game -- and attacked Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa.
Toronto starter Cory Lidle said he finds the rash of incidents "kind of scary.''
"It's disturbing when they first come out on the field because you don't know what they're capable of doing,'' Lidle said. "You don't know what he has in his pockets.''
Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado said it's hard to stop fans from jumping onto the field.
"How many ushers can you get? It's a tough situation,'' Delgado said. "Hopefully, it won't happen again. I don't know how you prevent it. Maybe more security people, maybe sell less alcohol, but if they are going to jump they are going to jump.''