BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – The Rays-Pirates game Saturday night in Bradenton started like any other Spring Training game. But things changed in the seventh inning.
That’s when, all of a sudden, a man jumped the fence and ran out in front of the Rays’ dugout at McKechnie Field. Heliodoro Gutierrez, 67, allegedly threw a beer can into the dugout before two officers could arrest him.
Gutierrez, of Bradenton, was apparently angry over the Rays recent trip to Havana to play the Cuban national team.
“He was just upset, yelled some obscenities at the players and threw some items at them and in the process he was taken into custody,” Bradenton Police Capt. William Fowler said.
Gutierrez lived in Miami before moving to the Tampa Bay area. “I think it is a lot of other Cubans that feel the same way I guess,” his neighbor Martha Diaz said.
Gutierrez is a hard-working man who never has problems with neighbors, Diaz said. “That’s why I am surprised. I don’t think I would figure him for that kind of person,” she added.
The incident certainly could raise safety concerns when the Rays play this season. “The staff that Major League Baseball employs takes care of problems, and law enforcement is assessing each situation at every game they may be working at,” Fowler said.
No one was hurt in the incident at McKechnie Field, but Gutierrez is facing a list of charges, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and assault.