DENVER — Four fans jumped over the wall along the first base line and rushed the field carrying signs in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.
They were tackled by security personnel before they could reach any players and were taken off the field.
A press release from Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group, claimed that the four people were activists with its group and carried signs that said "Dodgers Torture Animals" and "Keep Animal Cruelty Out of Sports."
The Rockies beat the Dodgers 7-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.
Colorado has won 10 of 12 to reach the .500 mark. The surprising Rockies moved within 3 1/2 games of the second NL wild card, with three teams between them and Miami.
Carlos Gonzalez had four RBIs and three hits to lead the Rockies.
Here is part of the Direct Action Everywhere press release:
August 2, 2016, Denver, CO – Today, four Colorado activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) were manhandled and dragged after running onto Coors Field during a game with the LA Dodgers with signs declaring “Dodgers Torture Animals” and “Keep Animal Cruelty Out of Sports,” stopping play for several minutes. It follows a similar event last month in LA, in which DxE activists disrupted another game on the heels of an investigation and video finding horrific violence at Hormel’s Farmer John, the so-called “natural” supplier of the team’s Dodger Dogs. Today’s particular game aggressively marketed $1 hot dogs to its first 10,000 attendees. The activists are demanding that the Dodgers, Rockies, and all other institutions stop selling animal products, support equal rights for all animals to be free from captivity and harm, and publicly condemn violence against animals.
“Baseball teams market the Dodger Dogs and other hot dogs as good old fashioned baseball fare,” said DxE activist Alyssa Ivankovich, “but the truth is that they represent a horrific tradition of separating piglets from their families before submitting them to a violent death.”