A Shirley teenager who ran on onto the field during the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game at Citi Field in Queens after a Twitter dare Tuesday night has been charged with trespassing.
Dylan McCue-Masone was arrested after running to second base while the otherwise uneventful game was in progress and players were on the field after 9 p.m. Prosecutors noted that the 18-year-old suspect tweeted he’d do it if he got 1,000 retweets.
“There is no such thing as being too careful,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, adding that he has “zero tolerance for spectators who fail to conduct themselves responsibly at sporting events.”
Nearly 4,000 fans retweeted McCue-Masone’s post. He also tweeted text messages from his mother, who warned him not to follow through with the dare.
“Blame it on social media, love you all,” he tweeted from his account, @MasoneDylan, before making a run for it.
Prosecutors noted that the first person charged under the city’s 2003 Interference with a Professional Sporting Event Law after running onto the field during a Mets game at Shea Stadium in 2004 was sentenced to eight weekends in jail, fined $2,000, three years’ probation and was banned from the stadium.
McCue-Masone was apprehended by a Citi Field security guard.
He was released without bail and is due back court on Sept. 11. He faces up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and $5,000 in civil penalties.