We've all heard the stories about how passionate and over the top Phillies fans can be sometimes.... booing Santa Claus, throwing batteries at players, shining laser pointers in the eyes of opposing teams, etc... so it shouldnt come as a surprise when a fan runs out on the field during a game. However, what happened after has caused a little bit of backlash from both the Phillies organization and the local police. Apparently, an officer used a Taser gun to subdue a 17 year old who ran out on the field during the St. Louis Cardinals/Philadelphia Phillies game. I was watching this game and saw shots of numerous Cardinal and Phillies players laughing at the scene, yet now comes word that both the Phillies and the police will be looking at whether excessive force was used during the chase.
See for yourself the video from last night's pursuit
Personally, I think Philly's finest were a little bit over the top with how they handled this. I get that you can never be too sure what a fan might do but as far as I can see, none of the Phillies were ever in any type of danger during this. Common sense tells you that eventually one of the ushers or officers would've been able to subdue the kid the way we normally see, with a decleating tackle that would make Dick Butkus proud