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Successful Crashes #9-12: Getting away when caught

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Posted by teibs On May - 4 - 2009

crash@ZackTeiblom The first three crashes were like stealing. We just walked through the entrance all the way to the left without anyone paying any attention. Andy even walked right past a cop who could have been more clueless about what he was doing. The big crash for day 7 went wrong from the word go.

Sami’s friend Jessica was attempting her first crash with me as her guide. We chugged our ice coffee and water at the gate and went through the baggage check point. I noticed that there were four guards by the far left line and the crowd wasn’t quite thick enough to distract them to make our move. We made the move anyway. Big mistake.

You can call for a double steal when you’ve got Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton on base, but not when you have Crawford (me) and Pat Burrell (Jessica). Burrell was picked off immediately* and they got me in a rundown.

I got a big lead off second and inched toward the third line of defense. It was a pitch-out and the throw came into third immediately. The security guard at the corner saw me, “Come here. We saw you. No one scanned your ticket.” I tried a head fake, saying it was scanned and reached for a ticket I found on the ground the day before.

It went back and forth as their entire infield took a shot at me. They insisted on seeing which security guard scanned my ticket. I got desperate. “The guy in the purple shirt.” “They’re all wearing purple.” I forgot teams tend to dress alike. I picked one and said, “You scanned my ticket, right? OK thanks.” He tossed me back to the head of security. The speedy short stop with tools.

He had a scanner that could tell when the ticket I was trying to pass off had been scanned. As Ferris Bueller said when caught pretending to be Abe Froman, “A: You can never go too far. B: If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that.” The last thing I was going to do was let this guy scan my ticket.

I pretended to look through my wallet for the right ticket I didn’t have and used all the tricks in my bag. I pretended to be on the phone, I avoided eye-contact and waited the purple team out before slipping in, making it home head first.

*Pat (Jessica) Burrell got really screwed on this crash. Not only was she kicked out, she bought a $20 ticket on the street. That ticket was a fake and she had to buy another $40 ticket. So much fail. Sorry Pat.

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