(Above) Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez dressed as a biker for a road trip to the West Coast. (Photo by Jake Nesbitt.)
12-Aug-17 At least through the end of July, arrests at Chicago Cubs home games are down nearly 50 percent compared to the same period last year. 27 arrests were made at Wrigley Field, down from 50 arrests in 2016.
Nearly one-third of this years arrests happened during a five-day stretch in late July when the Cubs played two key rivals, St. Louis Cardinals and crosstown White Sox.
Overall, there has been one arrest for every 71,941 home game fans.
Of the 27 people arrested, 25 were men and two were women. Their average age was 33.6 years, older than last years average arrestees age of 28.6 years. This year, 19 were from Chicago, seven from elsewhere in Illinois, and one person arrested was from Ohio.
The most common criminal charges, this year and last year, are battery and trespassing. One of those batteries, both years, involved battery of a police horse.
Last year, a Taser was used on two people at Cubs home games but no one has been tazed this year, at least not yet. 17 home games are scheduled in August, 14 in September, and one on October 1.
27 arrests this year is still more than any other Major League baseball team reported at their home games last year. Milwaukee Brewers had the most, 20, but none this year.