You gotta love NY!
NEW YORK - A fan plunged from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium onto the screen behind home plate during Tuesday night’s game between New York and the Chicago White Sox and was taken to a hospital.
The game was delayed for four minutes in the eighth inning after 18-year-old Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y., plummeted about 40 feet onto the large net. After the final out, he was carried from the ballpark on a stretcher, his head immobilized in a neck brace, and taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where he was in stable condition at early Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Jill Brooker said.
Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight â€” and then he jumped, police said.
“The next thing you know, you don’t see him anymore. You saw him on the net,” said 18-year-old Mike Spadafino, one of Harper’s friends.
Obviously scared and 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 middle level of seats as players watched and the crowd roared.
“That was the only exciting thing that happened today,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said after Chicago’s 2-1 victory.
Harper then was hoisted over the railing and led away by security.
“People think we threw him off, but we’re all best friends, so I don’t think that would ever happen,” said 20-year-old Giusseppe Tripi, another one of Harper’s friends.