Wrigley Field might be known nationally as “The Friendly Confines”, but anyone that’s been there can tell you it’s basically a summer long music festival. It’s a place for Cubs fans to drown out 108 years of sorrow and for kids to become acquainted with disappointment. Fans from all over the world show up, get hammered, and turn a site steeped in history and tradition into their own Grateful Dead concert. Most folks (locals) handle their shit pretty well. Others, like the fellow we’re about to meet, aren’t so rational. Prior to the Cubs-Braves matchup Thursday, he decided to get a better view of the field in the only way he knew how — getting on it.
From Chicago Sun:
A male fan appeared to be hurt badly before Thursday night’s Cubs-Braves game at Wrigley Field after attempting to jump from the right field bleachers onto the field.
During a lengthy rain delay before the game, the man ignored ushers’ orders and leaped from the wall and then clipped the “basket” extending from the wall with his foot, flipping him to the warning track below, according to people at the scene and twitter feeds from people claiming to be in the seating area.
The man, wearing shorts and sneakers, lay motionless face down on the track in right-center field as stadium personnel ran across the field to assist. After checking his pulse, one of the officials waved frantically as medics ran from the right-field corner to help.
It took three people to turn the man over onto his back. They then pulled up his shirt and put on a brace to stabilize his neck before strapping him onto a backboard and loading him into a cart.
Apparently, security had been asking him to calm down for a matter of minutes before our guy made the jump. He managed to mess up the fence, and himself, on the way down.
Although it was protocol to cart him off and get him checked out, fans reported seeing movement. It’s just your classic case of face plant-unconsciousness. Same kind your boy Tony developed after he tried to run a deep post during an Everclear and Adderall bender. Sure, he probably would have preferred sticking the landing and getting wiped out by security, but at least he’ll have a hell of a story to tell the ladies. If we’ve learned anything from this fan, it’s that water is slippery and gravity’s a cold hard bitch. Wrigley’s a good time, but if you can’t hang there’s a good chance you’ll end up taking a power nap front and center.
[via Chicago Sun]
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