While sitting in the stands at the Cardinals and Phillies baseball game, 17-year-old Steve Consalvi had an epiphany. That epiphany has made him a national news story overnight.
Before Steve could carry out his plan, though, he had to ask his father for permission. According to the Associated Press, Steve’s argument was that the act would be a “once in a lifetime experience.” Mr. Consalvi said no.
Without daddy’s blessing, Steve did it anyway. The result was just what Steve had asked for, a once in a lifetime experience.
After Steve left his seat and ran around the Citizen’s Bank Park outfield for thirty seconds, he was tased by a Philadelphia police officer. The question that comes into play in this unusual circumstance is whether or not a 17-year-old kid, who did not mean to harm anyone, should have been tased.
Both Phillies’ outfielders,Â standing near where the kid ran, felt that they were in no harm. Not only was Steve tased, but he was felled in front of 44,817, including, I’m sure, many children.
The police chief of Philadelphia has said the officer’s actions were just. I will have to disagree with the police chief. In the so called “City of Brotherly Love,” how can you taser a kid who is only looking to have a great memory? It was an overreaction by the officer.
I would have just tackled the kid like every other instance of someone running onto the field whether it be a streaker or Drew Barrymore. Steve Consalvi will go down as a hero in my book. He had the guts to go in front of tons of fans and do something totally illegal. His face has now plastered Sportscenter, CNN, and many other news outlets.
I would give anything to have my face on ESPN. Yes, Steve got exactly what he asked for. A “once in a lifetime” experience.