Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 5/18/12

And this Mets fan was an off-duty police officer. The story comes from the NY Daily News

Officer Eduardo Cornejo had a legit ticket to the Mets’ sad 6-3 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, but ballpark management confronted him once they realized he was stretched out in a seat better than the one he had purchased.

“He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”

Seat hopping can be a contentious topic, kind of like what an adult is supposed to do with a foul ball.

I'm of the belief that if you bought a specific seat, you should probably sit there. If you decide you want to sit in a clearly empty seat in a better section, and you think you can get away with it, whatever, go for it. But if someone comes back with tickets to that seat, apologize and leave without causing any problems.

Officer Cornejo never would've been arrested if he would've just acknowledged that he was in the wrong seat and moved back to where his legit ticket designated him to sit. There's nothing left for the usher, supervisor or uniformed police sergeant to do but physically remove him from the seat. Legally, he's trespassing at that point and they have every right to arrest the uncooperative 'patron'. 

Some fans are hoity-toity about seat hoppers and they have a valid point when those like Officer Cornejo become a distraction, devaluing their experience, in addition to making them feel like suckers for paying high ticket prices when they could've just bought $2 bleacher seats and snuck down. Of course, better ushers could prevent this practice from happening altogether.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

76ers raise ticket prices for Kobe's final appearance

Ricky Jean Francois says Redskins can ‘win it all’

Jerry Jones: Manziel could have been Romo’s successor

Broncos DB on Brock Osweiler: ‘None of this is a surprise to us’

Jarius Wright: ‘Everybody’s embracing their role’ on Vikings

Rob Gronkowski seems to agree he's been targeted on P.I. calls


Harbaugh on kick-six: ‘Never seen anything like it in my life’

Report: Josh McCown’s season likely over

Antonio Cromartie: Beckham Jr. still has room to grow

NFL pulls officiating crew from SNF after error-filled game

Jason Garrett: Tony Romo has a lot of football left in him

Jerry West: It’s painful watching Kobe Bryant

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name every NCAA football national champion since 1950

Browns lose to Ravens as only the Browns know how

NCAA figures out how to invite 5-7 teams to bowls

Ranking top Heisman Trophy candidates

Have the New Orleans Saints given up?

This weekend in NFL stupid, ft. Rex Ryan

Missouri won’t accept a bowl bid at 5-7

Durant blasts media on behalf of Kobe

Josh McCown laments how he got job back from Manziel

Paul George: Kobe Bryant was my Michael Jordan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker