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A Swim in the Drink Ends with Time in the Clink

Monday, August 20, 2012

homer swimHave you ever caught a foul ball at a baseball game?  What about a home run ball?  What about a milestone home run ball?  Those are the best…because most of the time a player will want the ball and be willing to trade tickets, signed memorabilia and sometimes event cash.  Even famous collectors are willing to pay fans for big time home run balls.  Let’s see, the fan that caught Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball pocketed a cool $3 million.  Hank Aaron’s 755th, sold it for $650,000. Barry Bonds 73rd home run went for $517,500 and Sammy Sosa’s 66th went for $150,000.  So as you can see, catching one of these famous balls could get you a pretty decent payday.

That is what a Kansas City Royals fan must have had in the back of his mind when he jumped into the fountain at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night to retrieve White Sox Slugger, Adam Dunn’s 400th career homer.  The problem is that Kauffman Stadium has some pretty strict penalties for going into the fountains.  The policy is as follows:

If at any time a fan enters a fountain, they will be immediately arrested, transported to the police station downtown and charged to the fullest extent of the law ...  Fines for entering the fountains or the playing field can be well over $1000 plus court costs as well as the arrest record.

The Royals security staff went by the book and the fan was immediately arrested and stripped of the ball…so much for a big payday.  One fan tweeted that he was told by a security guard that the fine would be upwards of $2500 for the swimming act.  Here’s hoping that Dunn steps up and bails out the fan that retrieved his milestone ball.  Read the original article below.

Original article: Fan arrested after retrieving Adam Dunn’s 400th home run from Kansas City fountain