In what has now been billed as 'The Great Fan Escape' a man evaded security guards and police after running onto the Minute Maid Park field during the ninth inning of Friday night's game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets.
With the Astros trailing the Mets 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth and Houston outfielder Carlos Lee at the plate, a daring man gave the few fans remaining at Minute Maid Park something to cheer about after he ran onto the field and evaded capture from on duty security personnel and police officers by scaling a two-story concourse in centerfield.
Starting near right field foul territory, the man headed directly out into the middle of the field and headed towards centerfield and a grassy incline known as “Tal's Hill.”
With a security guard nipping at his heels, the cunning escape artist was able to use Tal's Hill to hop the centerfield wall where he was greeted by another security guard rushing towards him.
It appeared that the fan's dashing display would come to an end, but much to the chagrin of those watching on television and in attendance, the man jumped and grabbed hold of a second-story platform and pulled himself to a higher mezzanine area before security could grab him.
From there, our urban acrobat pulled himself up to another level of the stadium before running into the darkness, never to be seen again.
Lee eventually grounded out to third and the Mets held on for a 6-4 victory; however, this daring man certainly gave the fans in Houston something to cheer about.
"I wonder if there was a door up on the concourse that he had an escape plan. That seemed like it wasn't off the cuff,” New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay told ESPN's Adam Rubin. “I hope he got out. ... I think it was a well-thought-out plan. ... Although if he did that might breed a whole new set of protocol."
Unfortunately to answer Bay and everyone else's question, Rubin confirmed via Twitter that the leaping outlaw was indeed apprehended later on that evening.
“The man who ran onto the field in Houston on Friday, ran up the hill in CF, leaped the outfield wall, ran up a berm, scaled a 2nd wall leaped over the second wall, landed on a concourse and made it out of the stadium was arrested outdoors, Astros person says."
Check out the Houston Astros 'Great Fan Escape' video below:
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