Mets fan who ran onto field fined

Updated: September 13, 2012, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A New York Mets fan who ran onto Citi Field following Johan Santana's no-hitter has pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event.

Prosecutors said Thursday a judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and $1,000 to the city. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and cannot visit Citi Field for a year, although the Mets have already banned him for life.

If he doesn't complete the conditions by Dec. 14, he can be sentenced to up to a year in jail.

Santana threw the Mets' first no-hitter June 1. Following the game, prosecutors say Diaz ran onto the pitcher's mound where he mingled with several celebrating players before being apprehended.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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