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Batman of Camden Yards talks lifetime banishment with local TV station (video)

By now, you have likely seen, heard or read about the video starring the odd fellow who “streaked” his way across the field at Camden Yards during the Baltimore Orioles home opener last Friday while wearing a ridiculous Batman getup. Not surprisingly, as a reward for his efforts, the man behind the mask is presently enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, as he now has been profiled by local television. A multitude of pressing issues are addressed, including why he did it and the fact that despite eluding prosecution for his impromptu performance (unlikely due to any super powers or a quick-thinking implementation of his utility belt), his Caped Crusading ways have nonetheless resulted in a lifetime banishment from the friendly confines of Camden Yards.

Out of jail after spending 13 hours in the clink (see police report here), Batman reveals his identity as private citizen 26-year-old Hank Harvey as he speaks with Adam May from Baltimore’s CBS affiliate:

Via CBS Baltimore:

May: “So Batman, not to blow your cover, but what’s your real name?”

Batman: “My name is Mark Harvey.”

May: “And why did you do this?”

Harvey: “One, it was my birthday, and I just love to make people laugh and get them going, so I was like what’s better to do than go to Opening Day and do it, so I went with it.”

May: “The Orioles organization has frowned upon this, and they hope others don’t do it.”

Harvey: “Yeah, I don’t recommend doing it. I just wanted to. Trust me. They tackle you hard.”

But Harvey got off easy. He was not criminally charged.

May: “Suddenly they just said you’re good to go?”

Harvey: “Yeah, they said all the charges were dropped, and I was surprised. I asked twice, ‘Are you sure?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’”

May: “The Orioles organization has frowned upon this, and they hope others don’t do it.”

Harvey: “Yeah, I don’t recommend doing it. I just wanted to. Trust me. They tackle you hard.”

But Harvey got off easy. He was not criminally charged.

May: “Suddenly they just said you’re good to go?”

Harvey: “Yeah, they said all the charges were dropped, and I was surprised. I asked twice, ‘Are you sure?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’”

It seems at the onset of every MLB season there is a proliferation of on-field shenanigans such as these, perpetrated by attention-starved dolts. Sometimes they wear costumes, other times they do not. Last season, it was Spandex-Clad Philly Red Man who captured the hearts and minds of baseball fans, and it now has been already illustrated this season with this Batman goofball, not to mention Black Speedo Streaker Man at the Toronto Blue Jays game.  Usually, the fad fizzles out after a few weeks, only to rise again during the spring the following season. Good times.

[H/T Big League Stew]

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