Keep off the grass.
That admonition isn’t about a grumpy neighbor and his lawn. It’s about safety, common sense, good manners, appropriate behavior for spectators at sporting events — and the law.
Some people certainly belong on a baseball diamond.
Players who throw, catch, hit and run the bases. Coaches who tell players to steal a base, round third or slide. Umpires who call balls, strikes and outs.
Some people most certainly do not belong there. Fans who can’t resist a chance to make spectacles of themselves, for example.
The story of the three sisters from Omaha, who decided to video themselves breaking the law during the College World Series and post it to Twitter, is getting some attention. But notoriety shouldn’t be confused with fame.
Even their little brother knew that. He’s just 13, but he warned the sisters not to do it. He said they would get in trouble. He was right, and his sisters would have been better off listening to him.
First and most important is safety. Jumping the fence to run out onto the field isn’t safe for the jumpers, for those who belong on the field or for those who have to apprehend the jumpers. In the post-9/11 world, security personnel already have enough to worry about. It isn’t funny and it might encourage somebody else.
Common sense should tell anyone in the ballpark that the 27,127 paying customers weren’t packing the stands to see the young women run around with cellphones. They were there to see the best college baseball players in the country.
Good manners would suggest that spectators not interrupt the game all those fans wanted to see. It would have meant that the stadium wouldn’t now likely need to add security personnel to keep the occasional unruly fan from doing something similarly inappropriate.
And, it’s illegal. The two adult sisters wound up in custody, went to court, pleaded guilty to trespassing and paid $500 fines. However much “fun” the trespassers had, it’s a crime.
But it’s also important to remember what these games are all about.
This is where “The Road to Omaha” brings you. This is an event that showcases the city to the nation. This is college baseball’s national championship. This is no place for stunts.
This is the culmination of years, literally lifetimes, of hard work and endless practice, of hopes and dreams and dedication for the athletes involved.
The players on that field have been striving for this moment since they were small boys playing catch in the backyard, since they were Little Leaguers proud of their first real uniforms, since they were high school players hoping to catch the eye of a college coach.
They worked hard. They played by the rules. They earned their chance to make history.
For anyone who wants to run on the emerald grass of TD Ameritrade Park, that’s how you do it.