FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What are the consequences of running on the field?
A: You will be charged with criminal mischief, and have to attend court.  Depending on the circumstances, you may be convicted of a criminal offense.  I suggest not doing it, as the risk of a criminal record has many limitations on work and travel arrangements.

 

Q: Why did you do it??!
A: Life is short.  But you’re better off reading my full explanation, available here

 

Q: How long were you in jail for?

A: Approximately 2 hours (includes transportation from Rogers Centre to 52 Division in downtown Toronto, Canada.)

 

Q: Would you do it again?

A: Absolutely not.  This was a one time deal.  It was an eye opening experience, and I am grateful for how professionally the Toronto Police Service dealt with me.

 

Q:  Were you convicted of a criminal offense?

A:  No, thankfully my charge of criminal mischief was withdrawn by the crown on August 28th 2013.  I believe the brutally honest Toronto Police arrest report may have helped my circumstances.

 

Q: So, you got off scot free?

A: Not exactly.  The crown asked me to either coach a baseball/hockey team or give to a charity.  They did not outline the terms, so this part was open to interpretation.  I decided it would be best to donate $1,000 to the Jays Care foundation. 

 

Q: Are you trying to profit off of this event by putting ads on your website?

A: Absolutely not. I have operated this website since 2013 without ads. In that time span, this website has remained quite popular with thousands of visits per month. As of 2017-02-1, I have placed ads on this site in order to cover expenses of hosting and registering the site. I will be donating any additional ad-related revenue to the Jays Care foundation per year, and will provide proof starting 2018-02-01.  

 

Q: Are you remorseful?

A: I would like to take this time to apologize to the staff @ Rogers Centre who had to chase and tackle me.  I meant no harm by my actions.

 

If you would like to ask a question, feel free to email me at runningthefield@gmail.com or Tweet me @runningthefield

"Luckily, the accused ran on to the field from level 100 and wasn't forced to jump from the 500 level out of sheer frustration."
-Official Toronto Police arrest report

"Like all of us, Joe has suffered enough. The difference is, he tried to do something about it."
Defense Attorney's
Letter to Crown

"The image of Joe as a tragic figure - the baseball fan fighting against the unrelenting losses of a cringe-worthy baseball club - reminds me of one of the central themes in Hamlet.."
-Crown Prosecutor,
City of Toronto