FANS GONE WILD ... AGAIN.
The game between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals was delayed for about 10 minutes after the bottom of the sixth inning due to unruly fan behavior.
It was the second of the Dodgers' new $2 Tuesdays promotions in the rightfield bleachers.
The incident began when two fans jumped out of the stands in the right-field corner and ran across the outfield while being chased by numerous security personnel.
The two finally were tackled about 20 feet apart in left-center field, with each one being subdued by several security guards holding them to the ground.
In an apparent response to that, a handful of plastic bottles were thrown from the left-field bleachers onto the field.
The domino effect was instant, as what appeared to be hundreds of plastic bottles then flew onto the field from the right-field bleachers.
``It was kind of crazy,'' Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver said. ``There were about 10 beach balls and 400 pieces of trash. It's something we've got to try to get around. I guess everybody got a little crazy when those people jumped on the field. We've got to do a better job of (controlling) things out on the field.''
The trespassers were quickly handcuffed and escorted away, and order quickly was restored.
But it took several minutes to remove all the garbage from the field.
After the game, the Dodgers released an official statement.
``Given the popularity of tonight's ticket promotion, there was a crowd of more than 41,000 fans in attendance at Dodger Stadium,'' it read. ``The Los Angeles Dodgers are disappointed that a few of our guests elected not to follow our Fan Code of Conduct and interfered with other fans' enjoyment of the game. ... We continually assess and modify promotions, entertainment and associated security measures to ensure that Dodger Stadium is one of the safest, most family-friendly ballparks in the country.''
(color) Two fans are restrained in the outfield by security personnel after jumping onto the field from the right-field bleachers.
John McCoy/Staff Photographer
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 4, 2005|
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