Michael Vite Arrested for Breaking Into Wrigley Field and Stealing Ivy
If you were to break into Wrigley Field and steal something, what would you take? Would you jack some infield dirt from the historic ballpark? Would you search high and low for a couple souvenir baseballs? Would you take an infield rake home with you if one happened to be sitting in a corner somewhere? No, because it’s Wrigley Field. That means you would probably do exactly what Michael Vite did: head straight for the ivy. CBS Chicago shared Vite’s story on Monday:
A 24-year-old man was arrested on New Year’s Day for grabbing some of the ivy from the outfield wall at Wrigley Field.
Police said Michael Vite, of the 1000 block of West George Street, was caught on security video as he entered Wrigley Field around 7:30 a.m. Sunday through an area under construction on the west wall of the stadium
Vite ran onto the field and pulled some ivy off the outfield wall, police said. He tried to flee, but was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
If we can say anything positive about a man trying to steal some ivy it’s that there’s nothing creepy about it. Unlike the guy who broke into Ken Williams’ house just to hang out, Vite wanted a piece of history. If you’re going to break the law, you might as well try to grab a keepsake while you’re at it rather than just wearing someone’s clothes and using their computer.
Fist pound to Deadspin for passing the story along