As 17-year-old Steve Consalvi ran around left field at Citizens Bank Park Monday night, he didn't appear to be a security threat. More like an impulsive teenager who thought it was a good idea to jump out of the stands and run onto the field without much of a plan after that. The police officer that Tasered him to the ground didn't have the luxury of finding out Consalvi's motives. He shot first and let other people asked the questions later.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with Consalvi's father Tuesday and he basically confirmed that his son's stunt was nothing more than capricious, misguided youth run amok.
"He wasn't drinking. He was not on drugs," said Wayne Consalvi, 45, who owns Consalvi Auto Repair in Pottstown. ...
Steve even called from the park last night, asking for permission to run on the field, as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals, the elder Consalvi said. "He said, 'Dad, can I run on the field? I said, 'I don't think you should, son.' "
"This would be a once in a lifetime experience!" the son said.
He wasn't in school Tuesday morning, but instead found himself in front of a judge. "He's down there with his mother," Wayne told the Inquirer. ... "I don't recommend running on the field, but I don't think they should have Tased him at all," he said. You can't condone this kind of behavior," the elder Consalvi added, but he explained he wasn't angry, because it was "teenagers having fun."
On the upside, nobody got vomited on. So in that sense, we all won.