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Was he Double Dog Dared?

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Aug 10, 2005 2:14PM

The White Sox embarked on a critical East Coast swing this week, facing the Yankees for three games in New York before The Red Sox host them for three.

After losing the first game against the Yankees 3-2 on Monday night, the Sox bounced back with an exciting 2-1 victory last night. Jose Contreras, acquired from the Yanks mid-season last year, pitched 7 innings of 3-hit, no-run ball to pick up the victory. Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko each homered to provide the necessary offense.

However, the most exciting part of the game took place in the stands... well, above the stands. During the 8th inning, 18 year old Scott Harper plunged 40 feet from the upper deck, into the netting behind home plate. Freightened, he sat for a few moments with his head in his hands before eventually climbing the net into the lower deck -- where security promptly hauled him off.

According to security, "Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped." Um, what?!?! And what if it hadn't been strong enough? Not only would he have killed himself, but he would have seriously injured or killed fans below. After boasting he was going to do this stunt, his friends and others in the section allegedly began chanting, "Sit or Jump!" before he did so. Harper was arrested, and "police expect to charge him with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct." Isn't there a law for criminal stupidity? Of course, we're no experts in New York Law. Maybe our friends in New York can shed some additional light on the event?

Photo via ESPN