This is New York Police Department officer Eduardo Cornejo. Officer Cornejo went to a New York Mets game on Wendesday night at Citi Field and did something that I have done at least an unexaggerated 100 times. He snuck down to better seats.
Anytime I’ve gone to a baseball game that wasn’t close to a sell out, I’ve assumed that 15% of those seated in the lower bowl likely paid for a cheaper ticket and then at some point during the game left that seat to get a better view of the action from a seat that would have otherwise been unoccupied. You can delude yourself into suggesting that by taking such a seat, you’re actually helping the team by making it look as though there are more paying customers on television, but in reality, you’re stealing a better product from the team.
That’s why if I’m ever caught sneaking down into better seats, I’m properly embarrassed and immediately obedient to whoever is telling me to vacate, no matter how lowly their position might be. This is where Officer Cornejo and I differ, because as New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly informs us:
He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be. They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.
Yep. Cornejo was arrested and arraigned on criminal trespass charges, and I’m not sure if this guy deserves a slow clap or a head shake.
On one hand, it’s incredibly stupid to risk losing one’s job for the sake of proving a point while you’re circumventing the rules by which we agree to live by at a baseball stadium once we buy a ticket. However, there’s also an element of common sense involved whereby if the seats are empty and not being used, it doesn’t really hurt anyone to sit in them. It seems petty for an usher, security guard and uniformed police officer to try to move someone unless they’ve moved down and are being obnoxious, which given that we don’t know the full story here, is certainly a possibility.
It’s just … come on. For many, sneaking down is part of the ballpark experience. It’s not like it’s money out of the ball team’s hands because the cost of a more expensive ticket isn’t likely to be paid anyway. It’s something of an enhancement to the game. The problem for Cornejo is that he treated that enhancement as though it was a right when that’s not really in the whole spirit of sneaking down.
The correct way to have handled this would have been to politely exit the seats and then sneak down into another section.
And The Rest
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In light of the Brett Lawrie flip out, Bill Baer writes about umpires and the human element. [Crashburn Alley]
Ugh. [inimitable appurtenances]
I’m sorry Bartolo. Bases are not made of marshmallows. [Productive Outs]
Hey, look. It’s Jose Canseco still playing professional baseball. [The Star-Ledger]
New York Mets third baseman David Wright is continuing his season of excellence. [New York Mets Report]
The greatest setting for a home run derby ever would have to be an aircraft carrier. [MLBlogs]
Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens had a disastrous Minor League start the other day. It’s not looking as though a promotion is in the cards anytime soon. [Amazin Avenue]
Get ready for some Chicago on Chicago baseball this weekend. [SB Nation Chicago]
Oakland A’s starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has just started a blog. [BMcCarthyThoughts]
On yesterday’s Getting Blanked Show, we talked about Brett Lawrie’s suspension, Yu Darvish’s dominance, Adrian Gonzalez’s missing power and Drew spoke with Brandon Morrow of the Toronto Blue Jays about his repetwah. [Getting Blanked]