Pearl Jam performed their second Wrigley Field concert in Chicago a few days ago, and while everyone seemed to have a great time, one fan went a little too far by trying to steal home.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, as far as steals of home plate at Wrigley Field go, it was nearly textbook — the runner took a lead off third base, hesitated as he checked for signals and then sprinted down the line before sliding toward the bag.
Only there was no throw as the runner approached home — just a bunch of security guards bearing down on him. It wasn’t during a Cubs game but the Pearl Jam concert on Saturday night at Wrigley, and the man who attempted to steal home then went crashing through a barricade before being hauled off by the guards.
“The crowd by me cheered when he took off, cheered a little more when he slid, and then really roared when he got taken out by security,” recalled Michael Hansen, who was at the show. “It was the second to the last song of the night, so I think that was a good time to do it since he didn’t miss much after they escorted him out. I was cheering for him.”
The article also describes his encounter with security, “He gets up and starts looking around again, and then does a little dance as two red-shirted security guards come running at him. He takes off toward a metal barricade behind home plate and attempts to hurdle over it — but comes up short again. He ends up knocking over the fence just as the guards are trying to tackle him.”