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Fan on Field Evades Security Long Enough to Throw a Fake Pitch From the Mound

In Tuesday’s Hot Clicks: one fan’s long adventure on the Oracle Park field, the end of Tim Tebow’s NFL career and more.

Was it worth the night in jail?

A week after the Yankees and White Sox played on a cornfield in Iowa, one man in San Francisco turned Oracle Park into his own Field of Dreams.

Just as Jake McGee was getting ready to pitch the ninth for the home team, a fan ran on the field near the Mets dugout on the first-base side and was able to keep the security team at bay long enough to take the mound, get the sign from an imaginary catcher and wind up for a pantomime pitch. Then he was tackled by two security guards and escorted off the field.

“Those nine beers you had, guy, is going to cost you a night in jail,” Giants radio announcer Mike Krukow said.

When was the last time you saw a fan on the field last that long before being apprehended? He wasn’t even trying all that hard to escape, but security wasn’t giving maximum effort, either.

The first security guard, the one covering the entrance to the Mets dugout, barely even made an effort to stop the guy. Two more shooed him away from Pete Alonso but couldn’t wrap him up. And once the guy made it inside the white lines, they just let him go. When he was standing on the rubber, three security guards ambled toward him like they were about to have a meeting with him on the mound. Where’s the Dodgers ball girl when you need her?

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