Fan says he wasn’t forced to cover Dodgers gear at D-Backs game

Thursday April 16th, 2015

A fan said the Diamondbacks did not force him to cover up his Dodgers gear when he sat in seats behind the plate at Chase Field earlier this week, according to Andrew Joseph of The Arizona Republic.

Mike Rodriguez told Joseph that he snuck into the seats late in the game with a friend. Because he is friends with several of the security guards, Rodriguez explained that he was allowed to remain in the seats.

While television cameras captured an usher handing Rodriguez a Diamondbacks jersey, he said it was all done as a joke between friends, and fellow fan Lisa McCarthy supported his story.

Both McCarthy and Rodriguez agreed in an interview with azcentral sports that the usher was making a joke and that the jersey switch did not come from the Diamondbacks organization.
"I went with it," Rodriguez said of the joke. "It was not like they forced me."

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"At the time of purchase, we ask that those fans sitting in the home plate box, which is visible on TV, wear either neutral colors or D-backs attire which the team will provide," a Diamondbacks spokesperson told HardballTalk.

This isn't the first time the Diamondbacks have drawn attention for what fans are wearing. In 2013, Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick forced a few Dodgers fans to cover up their blue gear. One of the fans told Deadspin that her 7-year-old daughter was "scared and confused" about having to change her clothes. 

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