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Drunk baseball fan rushes pitcher, gets trucked by shortstop

- July 14th, 2014

Things got heated in a Sunday night double-A game  between the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros) and Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics).

With the Hooks up 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, RockHounds hurler Blake Hassebrock hit Hooks first baseman Telvin Nash in the leg with a pitch. That was enough to set off one Hooks fan, who rushed the mound to challenge Hassebrock.

The fan — identified as 35-year-old Nikolas Swope by KZTV 10 — made his way to Hassebrock and had words with the pitcher before getting tackled by RockHounds shortstop Dusty Coleman.

Hassebrock described the scene to the Corpus Christi Caller Times:

“I saw (the fan) out of the corner of my eye and I honestly thought it was someone from their dugout, like a trainer, going to see Nash,” Hassebrock said. “Then I realized when he was halfway between the (foul) line and the mound, that he was a fan. My first thought was I just hoped he didn’t have a gun or something weird. If he’s crazy enough to be on the field, who knows what he had on him. By the time he got to me, he stopped and it looked like he came to and regretted being out there in the first place. We didn’t (make contact).

“This was something out of ‘Eastbound and Down.’ (What he said) was pretty much inaudible, drunken gibberish. (There were) a couple of F-bombs and some slurring. I’m pretty sure he was upset I hit Nash.“

Swope was escorted off the field by a Hooks coach. He was arrested for criminal trespassing.

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