Matt Diaz's Trip Helps Phillies Security Capture Fan on Field
PHILADELPHIA -- The Taser has been replaced at Citizens Bank Park by Matt Diaz's right leg.
A rogue (and rouge) fan -- dressed in a one-piece, faceless, all-red costume -- ran on the field in Monday's seventh inning. And he eluded security guards until Diaz, the Braves' left fielder, tripped him.
"I didn't want to get hurt, and I didn't want to hurt him," Diaz said. "So I stuck my foot out.
"I figured the guy would probably rather I trip him than get tazed."
In May, a Philadelphia police officer used a Taser to subdue a fan who ran on the field during a game. A few days later, the team and the police agreed that team security guards would apprehend fans who ran on the field unless force is deemed necessary.
Jayson Werth was batting for the Phillies on Monday when the eerily dressed offender came onto the field from the left field stands.
"I thought he was coming at me," Diaz said, "so I was ready at first."
Instead the fan ran to center field and juked his way past security, with one guard falling to the turf. As the fan circled back from left field toward center field, Diaz came up behind and stuck his right leg between the offender's legs.
"Diaz made a great play," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "He saved the guards from some broken hips."
Said Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who saw it all from the bullpen: "That was impressive.
"The forearm shiver could have been used as well. It would have accentuated the takedown."