A GoFundMe page set up by “John White,” who claims to be McClearn’s friend, is seeking to raise $4,000 to help with the legal defense. The page says the stunt was spurred by an $80 bet. McClearn could face up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine.
Rebecca Hayle, director of public information at Safeco Field, said games are staffed with off-duty police officers and contracted security guards to protect audiences, players and the umpires.
“You just don’t know if that person running on the field has some bad intentions. We just don’t know that so you have to treat every one of these situations seriously and you have to act quickly and you have to do it in such a way that you are hopefully discouraging other people from doing the same thing.”