Mets fan banned from Citi after storming field

June 4, 2012 2:33:04 PM PDT
It was a huge celebration. All of the Mets were rushing Citi Field on Friday night to celebrate Johan Santana's no hitter - the first in franchise history.

Suddenly a man ran from right field and right into the arms of all the players. He was not a Met, but he was Massapequa fan Rafael Diaz.

"I was just going bananas. It was very emotional for me," said Diaz.

Once security figured it out, they promptly tackled Diaz to the ground and arrested him. Diaz, a father of two spent 38 hours in jail.

"I just told my wife I won't be coming home that night because I ran out onto the field. She said 'are you serious? Seriously?'" added Diaz.

Diaz's friend John Ries of Ronkonkoma apparently also got caught up in the moment storming the field too.

He also got taken away in handcuffs.

As for Diaz, his time behind bars cost him a lot. He missed his one-year-old son's first birthday party. He's now facing trespassing charges and possible jail time.

So if you ask him if it was worth it?

"After everything I've been through this weekend absolutely not," he said.

His message to diehard fans like himself is to never go on to the field because it is not worth it.

Especially because Rafael Diaz might not be able to ever see his Mets play another home game.

He is now banned from Citi Field.

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