Fan running on field while carrying sign tackled by Wrigley Field security
MLB ballparks are returning to pre-pandemic attendance levels, which has brought back one aggravating aspect of having fans pack the stands: misguided miscreants storming the field and interrupting play.
Another such instance of field trespassing by a fan occurred Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres tilt. What made this incident different from what typically transpires when a renegade fan gets onto the field of play was that this individual was carrying a sign during a trespassing transgression that was halted with ballpark security tackling him near the infield. The sign’s message? “Jesus is Lord.”
It certainly seems like an odd way to promote one’s beliefs, but to each their own. What’s more, the consequences of his actions and potential punishment — including facing some minor criminal charges and a ban from attending Cubs games at Wrigley Field — arguably will not make his senseless gambit worth it in the end.
Wednesday’s incident during the Cubs’ 6-1 victory over the Padres is not the first instance of fans interrupting the game action with irresponsible antics during the 2021 MLB season. Two fans managed to make it onto the field at Citizens Bank Park last month during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.
This kind of unruly fan behavior has also unfortunately marred the start of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, as an outbreak of ugly incidents involving fans and players occurred just last week.
While fans storming an MLB ballpark’s field or fans mistreating NBA players with questionable conduct is almost universally abhorred, there’s little chance such incidents will come to an end anytime soon, despite the consequences.