Royals to MLB: Beef up Security or we Won't Play

With now two attacks and a total of six fans running onto the field in the span of less than a year at U.S. Cellular Field when Kansas City comes to town (two games), the Royals are making demands, saying they won't play unless security is improved.

"I told them we have to be assured tomorrow that things have been upgraded where we can feel comfortable to where we can take the field. Otherwise, we won't take it," said Royals general manager Allard Baird.

The incident on Tuesday night, one in which a fan ran onto the field and grabbed umpire Laz Diaz only to get thrown to the ground and surrounded by security and Royals' players, happened on the final out of the eighth inning.

The first incident came last season when Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by two fans. Security and Royals' players once again came to the defense.

Earlier in Tuesday nights game three fans ran onto the field, but did nothing else.

Wednesday's game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CT, with Jon Garland going up against Runelvys Hernandez.


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