Famous on-field takedowns

Marlins veteran reliever Will Ohman has seen his share of intense and interesting on field altercations through the years.

terrytate1.jpgOn Sept. 1, there was high drama at Sun Life Stadium when the Marlins and Nationals went at it after Nyjer Morgan charged pitcher Chris Volstad. Both benches cleared and the rest has become history.

The way Gaby Sanchez knocked down Morgan with a clothes-line move reminded Ohman of an incident at Wrigley Field in 2007.

That afternoon, Cubs reliever Bob Howry, who stands 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, gave up a home run. An upset fan jumped onto the field and approached Howry, who is someone not to mess with.

Before the pitcher could react, a Wrigley Field security guard made a memorable takedown.

“Nyjer is definitely quicker than the fan,” Ohman said. “But the open field tackles were very similar, Gaby’s to the security guard at Wrigley Fan.”

“I didn’t even notice him until, as soon as I turned around, the [guard] clothes-lined him and took him down,” Howry told reporters in Chicago that day.

terrytate3.jpgOhman recalls the fan racing to the mound in Wrigley Field: “He ran out to the mound just drunk as a skunk yelling, ‘What are you doing?’ The next thing you know, he was plowed as if it were Terry Tate Office Linebacker.”

The Terry Tate reference dates back to the 2003 Super Bowl when Reebok aired a series of short comedy TV commercials featuring a linebacker taking on an enforcer role in an office setting. Anyone steps out of line, “Terrible” Terry Tate was there to put things back in order.

As for the fan dropped by Wrigley Security, Ohman said: “It was unbelievable. Middle of the field. Clear shot. And he picked the worst guy on our team to try to rumble with. It was Bob Howry who would have like cattle driven him into the ground.”

— Joe Frisaro

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