Gothamist - Remember when Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets’ history in June? And how one huge fan wearing JORTS (denim jean shorts) and a Gary Carter jersey ran onto the field during the hugs? Well, that super-fan, Rafael Diaz, has been banned from CitiField FOR LIFE (thanks a lot, Calvin Klein!)—and now he’s been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Diaz pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said, “The defendant’s antics have resulted in a criminal record, the paying of thousands of dollars in fines and civil penalties, and—perhaps the worse punishment for any true Mets fan—precludes him from ever again visiting Citi Field. He has now learned the hard way that the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the New York Mets have zero tolerance for those who interfere with the play of America’s pastime.”
Interfering with a professional sporting event – $5,000
Violating the Calvin Klein Law – Lifetime ban from Citi Field
Celebrating the Mets only no hitter on the mound with Johan Santana in Jorts and a Gary Carter jersey – Pricele…well I’d probably value that at like a thousand bucks so this guy is still taking a $4,000 loss. Plus lawyers fees. But whatever bro you’re a Mets legend!
The no hitter was probably the last good thing to happen to the Mets this year. After that Santana fell apart and it was all downhill. Fact of the matter is though, the Mets were never gonna be a successful ballclub with the minor league lineup they were trotting out there. Until the Wilpons treat the Mets like the big market franchise they are, we’re just gonna have to latch on to small individual accomplishments. No hitters and potential Cy Youngs. Stupid record books bullshit because theres no way Fred and Jeff Coupon are gonna put together a winning product anytime soon.