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Man tackled by umpire at O's game charged, identified

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Baltimore Police have identified the man arrested after running onto the field in Friday night's Orioles game as Christopher Fatkin, a 20-year-old Parkville resident.

Fatkin, of the 9900 block of Hilltop Drive, has been charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said. His experience on the field raised some eyebrows, as he was taken down by an umpire who was working the game.

As Baltimore Sun sports writer Dan Connolly points out in his story about Friday's loss to the Oakland Athletics, this is the fourth time this year a fan has run out onto the field. Here's a bit of the description from his article.

"As the Baltimore City Police began their required collapsing seal of the diamond, the bare-chested man ran down the third base line and slid headfirst into home plate.

Just as quickly as the guy stood up, he went right back down, thanks to a blindside hit delivered by plate umpire Jeff Kellogg, a tackle worthy of the night's NFL draft. Kellogg's snap, crack and pop -- which surely will be met with discipline by Major League Baseball -- was greeted with delight from the bundled-up, announced crowd of 18,297."

In a statement, Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police and security made 48 ejections from Friday's game in addition to the arrest.

Kellogg, who declined to comment after Friday's game, also received the praise from those on the field -- including Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.

"That was awesome. I told him, 'That's awesome,'" Jones said. "I'm sick and tired of these guys running on the field, man. I said let's get a K-9, something. A K-9 [unit] would be fine."

Jones then went a step further, saying he would like to see the perpetrators tased if they decide to interrupt a game.

"I'd [advocate] that people get tased. I'd enjoy that. You don't run on the field and just disturb a game that's going on. It's private property," Jones said. "I don't like the way the cops go after them here. I know it's not their call. I know the rules; they want them to create a circle or seal. Those kids are running all around those guys. No disrespect to the cops, but go get this dude, put your knee in his throat and tie his [butt] up, simple as that. It's so annoying. I wish I [could] go out there as a player, but we can't."

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