In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like visiting players at Citizens Bank Park, who, since the Taser incident, are apparently the last line of defense against fans on the field.
During the seventh inning of last night's game, a fan in a full-body red Lycra suit charged out of the stands. For whatever reason, sports fans love the Green Man from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Philly fans especially. But the Red Man, a team-centric iteration, is a welcome twist.
Which doesn't mean he's not interrupting the game, and annoying thousands of people by running on the field.
But since Steve Consalvi took 1200 volts, cops aren't allowed to give chase at Citizens Bank Park. It's left to security — aged, uninterested security. And they didn't disappoint, giving us a few quality faceplants while failing to apprehend the Red Man.
So Matt Diaz stepped in. With the nimblest of moves, he took him down.
It's no Mike Curtis full body block on a drunken fan. But in this post-Tom Gamboa world, you don't want to take the risk that a fan could hurt you (even if the Lycra hides absolutely nothing).
I said, 'This is dangerous, if he comes back I'll try to tackle him,'" Diaz said. "Well, he came back and I didn't want to get hurt and I didn't want him to get hurt. So I just stuck out my foot and he hit it and then he got right back up and their security guy crushed him.
"I figured the guy would rather me trip him rather than get tased."
Diaz got a standing ovation from the Philadelphia fans. Easy to do when you're up three games, soon to be four.