When the best from the AL and NL squared off at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game last month at Citi Field in New York City, what caught my attention more than the game (The AL won 3-0 in case you’re wondering) was of 18-year-old New York Yankees fan Dylan McCue-Masone running on to the diamond then getting slammed to the ground by security near second base.
Sure, we’ve all seen this before: fan runs on to the field, other fans cheer and capture the moment on their cell phones, security chases fan, fan gets tackled, fan gets arrested, game continues. But McCue-Masone’s moment in the spotlight came with a twist – instead of getting coaxed by drunken friends in the stands, he decided to take center stage at the Midsummer Classic because 1,000 people on Twitter dared him to. Now there’s some originality in what’s become a relatively routine behavior at sporting events.
“The first time somebody ran on the field, everyone was taken aback,” said Dr. Rick Grieve, Coordinator of the Clinical Psychology Master's Program and the director for the Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) group at Western Kentucky University. “Now it’s been done. There’s a feeling of ‘someone is supposed to do it, so why not me?’ When you look at rioting behavior after games, people riot in cities where there team loses, and people riot in cities where their team wins a title. They riot and burn things in places in West Virginia after they win a football game. Why? It’s because people think that’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s the tradition.