It has become a baseball custom that any fan who retrieves a milestone home run is rewarded with a trip to the clubhouse. It's there where he or she meets the ballplayer in question before trading the ball for any combination of signed bats, jerseys or tickets to upcoming games.
The fan who retrieved Adam Dunn's 400th career home run from the Kauffman Stadium fountains on Saturday night, however, did not receive that opportunity. Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that the fan — who was wearing a Kevin Youkilis jersey at the time of his dive — was arrested and stripped of the ball after emerging from the waters in Kansas City's left field with a small slice of Chicago White Sox history.
Do not pass go, do not collect a chance to barter for a change of dry clothes.
Not that the fan should have been surprised to go straight from the drink to the clink in the eighth inning of the Royals' 9-4 win over the White Sox. Here's the official Kauffman Stadium policy on fans swimming in the fountain, according to the Royals A-Z guide:
If at any time a fan enters a fountain, they will be immediately arrested, transported to the police station downtown and charged to the fullest extent of the law ... Fines for entering the fountains or the playing field can be well over $1000 plus court costs as well as the arrest record.
One fan on the scene tweeted that he talked to an usher who placed the fan's fine at $2,500. That's a high price to pay to act as Dunn's water spaniel, though getting national airtime for your best Michael Phelps impression may indeed be priceless. Here's hoping Dunn gets in contact with the fan and gives him some sort of reward for quickly retrieving a part of his personal history. May we suggest a White Sox swim cap and goggle set?