Opening Day provided all of the standard baseball entertainment fans have come to expect. Aces on the mound, sluggers in the batter’s box, and for the crowd in Los Angeles it also brought the added bonus of watching a proposal go sideways after liquid courage enticed one man to jump onto the field and get on one knee from centerfield.
Unfortunately for the fan, security also noticed what was happening and gave the unsuspecting man a seriously forceful tackle more reminiscent of the NFL’s Rams than MLB’s Dodgers.
As several commenters on the below video noted, the security guards were not having any of the shenanigans and would probably have been flagged for targeting had they been wearing a football jersey.
Take a look at the video seen by more than 10 million sports fans, and try not to laugh out loud when on-field security come out of nowhere to blast the soon-to-be fiance.
Maybe just propose like a normal person pic.twitter.com/3y7Ak8rsLo
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) March 31, 2023
The fan, Ricardo Juarez, was in the position many men find themselves. The stadium proposal is not a new concept, and while some opt to do it on the Jumbotron, Juarez had a different idea that few others would dare.
Some like to get engaged in the privacy of a select group of family and friends, or with no one around at all. Others like a public setting and the commensurate celebration that everyone engages in afterward.
Not Juarez. He wanted his proposal to be epic and go down in history. He got that – and a few bruises as well. His proposal story will also include an LAPD citation.
Juarez’s girlfriend, Stephani Gutierrez, said that the proposal was cut short by security and that Juarez completed the act at their Motel 8 shortly after being released by police. She told local media outlets that he’s “a little sore” from the insane tackle.
“He says he’s a little sore, but I think he will feel it tomorrow,” Gutierrez told ABC 7 in Los Angeles. “He doesn’t care, he’s like, ‘I would do it again.’
Fox provided a little more background to the story, saying that “Juarez was going to propose in the stands before deciding to do it on the field, aided by liquid courage and wanting the world to see how much he loved the mother of his son.”
“We were so close to the field he just thought it was so easy to just jump off and do it,” Gutierrez continued.
As incredible as the guard’s tackle was, it is far from the first to have occurred. As fans get more obnoxious with their on-field antics, most baseball teams have taken a zero-tolerance approach. Run onto the field and be expected to pay the price, they say.
The New York Post reported on a similar “NFL-worthy tackle” in July of 2021 at Yankee Stadium after a fan sprinted onto the field during the middle of the game. He also paid the price – both from a police custody standpoint as well as physical toll standpoint. The New York Post wrote:
The Bronx Bombers fan who sprinted onto the field at Yankee Stadium only to get absolutely demolished by security has been criminally charged for the stunt, authorities said Wednesday.
Leonardo Lertora-Leiva, 25, was hit with a desk-appearance ticket for criminal trespass and a violation of local law, according to the NYPD.
The Cos Cob, Conn. man dashed onto the field during the sixth inning of the Yankees’ Tuesday night tilt against the Philadelphia Phillies — but was quickly taken down by a stadium security worker with an NFL-worthy tackle.
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