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Penn State Alum Arrested for Running on Field After Pirates 82nd Win

Call it passionate, call it stupid — well, yeah, mostly stupid — but 2007 Penn State graduate Ryan Rock took his love for the Pittsburgh Pirates to a different level last week.

The Pirates’ story is the most magical in baseball this season. Last week in Arlington against the Texas Rangers, the Pirates won its 82nd game of the season to clinch its first winning record in 20 years. Excitement spread throughout Pittsburgh circles on campus, but at least one former Penn Stater witnessed the jubilation live and in person.

The problem? After the final out, Rock, a Dallas-based bartender, stepped onto the field to celebrate with the team as part of a challenge on social media, according to this Post-Gazette report.

Despite only making it about 10 feet, Rock was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, which carries a fine of $2,000 or less, up to 180 days in jail, or both.

“‘What kind of person cheers for a losing team for 20 years?'” Rock told the Post-Gazette reporter. “‘An idiot.'”

According to the report, Rock still hasn’t decided if it was all worth the trouble. Maybe a Pirates World Championship would make him feel better about the whole thing?

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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