Immigration Protesters Storm D'Backs Game

Baseball team attracts New York ire in game vs Mets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2010 9:04 AM CDT
Immigration Protesters Storm D'Backs Game
Protesters gather outside CitiField before the Arizona Diamondbacks play the New York Mets in opposition to Arizona's immigration law on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Queens, New York.   (Swoan Parker)

Two men carrying Mexican flags ran into the outfield during the seventh inning of the New York Mets' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last night at Citi Field. The men were apprehended by security fairly quickly without much incident. But that wasn't the only attention the D'Backs attracted last night: About 40 demonstrators across the street protested Arizona's immigration law, chanting "Oppose racism!" and "Boycott Arizona!"

Others stationed closer to the subway exit handed out leaflets that requested Major League Baseball move next year's All-Star game out of Phoenix. "It's not going to distract me. I'm here to play baseball," Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson said after his team's 9-6 victory over the Mets. "You have an opinion, I have an opinion. They have the right to say what they want, but it's no distraction." (More Arizona Diamondbacks stories.)

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