A New York Mets fan who ran onto the field in the aftermath of Johan Santana's no-hitter Friday night missed his son's first birthday party while in jail, reports the New York Post's Selim Algar.
Rafael Diaz, 32, jumped over a fence on the first-base side of the field and joined the Mets in running to celebrate with Santana. He and a friend, John Ries, 25, who also charged the field, spent two nights in jail for trespassing. (Diaz is the one wearing the Gary Carter jersey and jean shorts in the video above).
"I was overcome with emotion, just being a die-hard Mets fan," Diaz told The Post. "That’s all it was."
"I couldn’t help myself," he continued. "I just wanted to be on the mound celebrating the no-hitter."
On Saturday, his family celebrated his son's first birthday party. When asked by The Post if running on the field was worth missing the party, Diaz joked, "You’ll have to ask my wife that." Diaz and Ries are due to be back in court on July 2, and both are likely to get probation for the incident. Diaz told The Post they were also banned from Citi Field for life.