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

A bankruptcy court settlement could help the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid sharing their revenue with the rest of Major League Baseball once they sign a television contract. [L.A. Times]

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]

Comments (17)

  1. Rogers press pass revoked.

  2. “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.”

    I’m pretty sure you have been a supporter of this theory in the past.

    • Thus the “you can delude yourself” qualifier.

      • hahahaha fair enough. Although upon first read that came across as condescending snip at readers who perhaps like to think they are doing some good by providing some vocal support to the often silent 100s!

    • You could have read a little farther and seen this:

      “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.”

  3. I wonder how many seats/tickets in the lower bowl are purchased for games that are never actually used by the ticket holder(s)?

  4. I personally think you are wrong about that not being money out of the team’s pockets. I have been to many games where there has been a discussion beforehand about whether to buy more expensive tickets or not, and there has often been the consensus that cheaper tickets should be bought with the idea of heading to the good seats. I would imagine a great deal of these discussions occur before every game.
    There’s also the idea of fairness – some people ARE paying money for those seats. Should they just not be allowed to pay the cheap price and head on down as well?
    Enough of my blethering. I remember paying $4 for a double-header at the Skydome about ten years ago. Holy shit was that awesome.

    • I’m old enough to remember 99 cent general admission bleacher seats at the Ex. You bought them at Dominion with your grocery purchase. Double-headers included. Of course, this is when they actually scheduled double-headers. Good old days!

  5. He most definitely deserves a head shake. At first I thought, wtf, they can’t arrest someone for that! But it sounds like (using Parkes’ write up as my only info on the matter) he was given multiple chances to go back to “his” seat. While I’ve snuck down to better seats literally 100′s of times, when I do get caught, I go back to the seat I paid for with an embarrassed look on my face. I do this because I didn’t pay to sit anywhere else and can’t argue otherwise. This is the stance I assumed everyone would take in this situation. This idiot decides it’s important enough to get arrested over. Good job.

  6. Sounds like a pride thing to me. He got caught, but he decided that adamantly refusing to comply with security’s wishes was an effective way to deflect the shame of looking like a cheapskate loser.

  7. The dudes a cop. Obviously normal rules and regulations don’t apply to him. He’s special!

  8. When I worked at a theatre that had tickets in different price ranges (some of them rather pricy) we would have the same problem of people moving seats. We would move them back. The reasoning was that it wasn’t fair that people who weren’t originally in that section could access the same quality of seats while paying less. It would seem the same principle applies here.

  9. That Brandon McCarthy blog is pretty sweet. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say, especially since it is unfiltered by the media. straight from his head to our eyes. That first post was solid.

  10. “Son, I never raised you to take what wasn’t yours and sit in seat you never paid for.”
    “But dad, you steal satellite signals!”

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