|Mets fan banned at Shea for 3 years for shining flashlight at opponents|
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|Tuesday, 01 May 2007 09:50|
Frank Martinez, 40, of the Bronx, also must spend 15 days in jail as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event.
``In a game in which the ball can travel upward of 110 mph, the defendant's actions were dangerous to both spectators and players,'' Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.
Authorities said that on April 20, while seated behind home plate, Martinez turned the beam on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria. The Braves were leading 7-0 at the time.
Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who called time and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found ``a small, streamline flashlight'' in his backpack, authorities said.