A streaker who disrupted a New York Mets game by jumping onto Citi Field naked except for a stuffed monkey tied around his waist is banned from the ballpark for life.
Prosecutors say Craig Coakley of Queens pleaded guilty Thursday to interfering with a sporting event. He must pay a $1,000 fine and $2,000 in civil penalties to the New York Mets. He also has to complete 20 days of community service by Dec. 15.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement that Coakley’s antics cost him dearly – “perhaps the worse punishment for any true Mets fan.”
Coakley was banned from Citi Field for one year in connection with his criminal case but the Mets banned him for life from all their facilities including KeySpan Park in Brooklyn and Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to Brown.
The incident occurred on May 12. The 38-year-old plumber told police afterward that it was a bet; his boss told him he’d pay a week’s salary if he did it.
Coakley faced up to a year in prison. His lawyer says he’s very sorry.
Rockies feel no pain
Huston Street doesn’t have to hurry up and heal.
Even with the Colorado Rockies in the middle of a pennant race, the closer has been afforded the luxury of time to rehab his biceps tendinitis.
For that, he credits Franklin Morales, who’s saved five straight since stepping into Street’s ninth-inning role.
“As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, it makes it easier on me to get right before I come back,” said Street, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 1.
That’s been the story for the Rockies lately – someone goes down, someone steps in and picks up the slack.
It was the same thing again Thursday, when the Rockies finished off a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win. Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart sat out a third straight game with back stiffness.
No matter, the Rockies went with Clint Barmes at shortstop, Garrett Atkins at third and Eric Young Jr. at second.
Atkins came through with a two-run homer, and Young ignited a rally with a two-out bunt hit.
“When you get these bumps and bruises like we’re dealing with over the last couple of weeks, you’re creating an opportunity for somebody,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “They’re responding to that.”
Surgery for Rays’ Peña
Tampa Bay slugger Carlos Peña has had season-ending surgery to repair two broken fingers on his left hand.
The Rays expect a full recovery in eight to 10 weeks.
Penñ was injured Monday in New York when he was hit by a pitch from Yankees ace CC Sabathia. Dr. Doug Carlan performed surgery Thursday, inserting pins into the first baseman’s left index and middle fingers.
The Rays said the pins will be removed in four to six weeks. A first-time All-Star this year, Peña leads the AL with 39 homers. He finished with 100 RBI.
Lidge, Manuel talk
Brad Lidge and Charlie Manuel had a meeting to discuss the struggling closer’s role with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lidge and Manuel spoke after Wednesday night’s game against Washington. The following day, the manager wouldn’t say if or when Lidge will get his job back as closer.
“We’re really on the same page with everything. We had a good talk,” Lidge said.
Lidge converted all 48 of his save chances last year, including the postseason, to help the Phillies win the World Series. This year, he has 10 blown saves in 38 opportunities and has an 0-7 record and a 6.97 ERA.
“I see him as a closer,” Manuel said.
Meche could be done
Kansas City Royals starter Gil Meche is probably done for the year with a shoulder problem, and fellow right-hander Brian Bannister is flying to New York for a second opinion on his shoulder.
Royals manager Trey Hillman said on Thursday that Meche would most likely be shut down for the final weeks of the season. He declined to speculate on whether Bannister would need surgery.
The Royals did not disclose the exact nature of the problems.
Meche is 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA, and Bannister is 7-12, 4.73.
Robertson needs rest
New York Yankees pitcher David Robertson has been told to rest for 10-14 days by Dr. James Andrews.
Complaining of stiffness in his right elbow, Robertson was examined by Andrews on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla. The right-hander is to begin a throwing program after the rest period.
In other news, the Yankees said catcher Kevin Cash cleared waivers and became a free agent. Cash was waived Saturday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Josh Towers.
Nationals claim English
Washington claimed left-hander Jesse English off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and added him to their 40-man roster.
The 24-year-old English went 7-7 with a 4.20 ERA in 26 games, including 19 starts, for Double-A Connecticut this season.
To make room for English on the 40-man roster, the Nationals designated catcher Luke Montz for assignment.