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Field-Rushing Johan Santana’s No-Hitter Gets You Two Nights in Jail and One Missed Birthday Party

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals at CitiField on June 1, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The no-hitter was the first in in Mets history. The Mets won 8-0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

By now, there's a good chance you're familiar with Rafael Diaz, the bejortsed, Gary Carter–jersey-wearing gentleman who rushed the field and joined the celebrating Mets on the mound after Johan Santana's no-hitter on Friday. Diaz and his friend John Ries hopped over the fence on the right-field line immediately following Santana's last pitch, but only Diaz made it among the Mets before getting ripped out of the huddle and DROPPED by security. But what became of him afterward?

Well, Diaz spoke to media after being released from jail yesterday, so that answers one question. After getting charged with trespassing, Diaz spent two nights behind bars. He picked the wrong two nights, too (or is it Santana's fault?), because he missed his son's first birthday party in the process. From the sound of things, Mrs. Diaz was none too pleased with the incident and subsequent absence, but as David Brown of Big League Stew mentions, it may have still been worth it:

Here's the thing: The kid isn't going to remember that his dad stood him up on his first birthday because he loved Johan Santana (and the late Gary Carter) more. The junior Diaz hopefully will have many more birthdays to come where his dad won't be locked up. (Divorce is another matter.) There's more than enough time for Diaz to make it up to him.

Hell, I say he's already made it up to him! Years from now, that kid will be older, a bit more conscious of the world around him, and quite possibly a Mets fan. When the time comes, Diaz can reveal his belated gift: "Hey son, for your first birthday, I made us both famous by invading a historical Mets milestone while dressed like a toddler from 1986 and went to jail for it. Oh, and your birthday party was mentioned in the newspaper. YOU'RE WELCOME."

So, I'd say it was all worth it for now. If Diaz's lifetime ban from Citi Field holds up — and if he faces further consequences for his crime — then maybe not so much. That kid, though, will thank him one day. I'm sure of it.

Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images