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Incredible incident in Yanks/White Sox game


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Ok, so in the bottom of the 8th inning, some dude FALLS OUT OF THE UPPER DECK and onto the overhang screen (which saved his life).

 

He looked scared as heck, looked like the screen might cave in to his weight...but he was able to climb up the screen into a skybox area and survive unhurt.

 

Amazing, surely the video will be (or already is) on ESPNEWS.

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The game was delayed for four minutes in the eighth inning when an 18-year-old fan, Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y., plummeted about 40 feet from the upper deck onto the netting behind home plate.

 

"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.

 

Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, Det. Kevin Czartoryski said.

 

Obviously shaken after he landed, Harper sat with his head in his hands for a few moments before climbing on the net back up to the loge level as players watched and the crowd roared. He was hoisted over the railing and led away by security.

 

After the game, Harper was carted from the ballpark on a stretcher, his head immobilized in a neck brace, and taken to Lincoln Hospital for observation.

 

He was arrested, and Czartoryski said police expect to charge Harper with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Source: AP

 

Idiot.

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"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.

 

:lol

 

It was a pretty exciting game actually.....

 

And yeah, what an idiot that guy is. Funny part is, I heard the call of the incident from the NY radio station, and John Sterling is just like angry that some idiot is holding up the game. You'd swear he wish the net wouldn't have held the guy.

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Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, Det. Kevin Czartoryski said.

Ugh.

 

He almost got the Darwin Award for the week.

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From NY Post

August 10, 2005 -- A thrill-seeking teenager hoping to make ESPN highlights plunged over 50 feet from the upper deck seats into the netting behind home plate last night in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the White Sox, landing in front of a stunned Yankee Stadium crowd of 53,946.

 

"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," a red-hot George Steinbrenner huffed as he left the Stadium after the loss.

 

The stunt, the third time in recent history someone plunged from the seats, will also likely land him in hot water.

 

Scott Harper, 18, sat for several minutes, looking disoriented with his head in his hands as he clung to the backstop. Harper landed with a strong enough impact that the net ? designed to protect patrons from foul balls ?tore. He was ordered to climb up the wire netting and was pulled into Box 321 by a ready-for-anything Stadium security force.

 

Dazed and confused, he was carted into the Yankee Stadium first-aid office on a wheelchair with an oxygen mask strapped to his face.

 

The game was halted for four minutes as security restored order while players on the field watched in amazement. Harper was leaning over the upper deck railing for several minutes, pondering what would happen if he went over the edge and if the backstop could hold him.

 

"Do you think it's going to hold me?" Harper asked his buddies before going over the edge.

 

Harper attended last night's game with three friends ? Mike Spadafino, 17, Spencer Rubicco, 18, and Giuseppe Tripi, 20 ? who are all from Westchester and attended Byram Hills High School. The four sat in Section 603 before Harper, who appeared intoxicated to officers on the scene, made his leap.

 

"His exact words, were, 'Bro, I don't know, bro,' " Spadafino said. "I wouldn't do it . . . but Harper, for some reason . . . I don't know."

 

As Derek Jeter laid down a bunt in the eighth, Harper plunged, feet-first, onto the backstop to the amazement of everyone in the Stadium. He had planned his leap for several minutes, according to witnesses, and caught the ire of the paying customers seated behind him who could not see the late-game action.

 

"Next thing you know, he was gone," Rubicco said. "I looked over and I was like 'Oh, my god.' "

 

"Every single person sitting there was saying either sit down or jump off," Tripi said after the three friends were questioned by NYPD officers.

 

The Yankees may have their fans out on the ledge this season with their erratic play, but last night's stunt was ridiculous ? and could land Harper behind bars. According to a police source, Harper will be charged with "several" offenses, which could range from trespassing to disorderly conduct to reckless endangerment.

 

Such check-me-out behavior is normal for Harper, his friends said.

 

"He always makes a scene," Tripi said after Harper was carted off in an ambulance at 10:34 p.m. and carted off to Lincoln Medical Center.

 

Police questioned the three boys for almost 30 minutes following the jump. They were asked several times if they bribed Harper to jump or offered him money for the wild stunt. They all denied that and said Harper jumped on his own whim.

 

"We have to drive him home," Tripi said. "But obviously not anymore."

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