Police: Man on field during Pirates’ pierogi race

Baseball fans line up outside PNC Park near the statue of Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner before the opening day baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
Baseball fans line up outside PNC Park near the statue of Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner before the opening day baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A man who ran onto the field at PNC Park during the between innings “pierogi race” has been charged with defiant trespass, and could be banned from attending future games if a judge decides that’s warranted.

The Associated Press could not immediately locate an attorney or listed phone number for 29-year-old Luke Emory Oyler, of Chambersburg.

Police say Oyler ran onto the field, and then among four people in pierogi costumes who race around the field every game to promote a specific brand of the Polish dumplings. This all occurred during Wednesday night’s 16-inning, 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs which, at 5 hours, 55 minutes, also set a Pirates’ record for the longest game.

Stadium security workers tackled Oyler, and took him to a security office where he was cited by police.

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