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What were they thinking?
Tim Crothers
April 27, 1998
On April 13 everybody at Coors Field was talking about the cold streak. No, not the Rockies' eight straight losses, but Darren Kennedy's naked dash across the Colorado outfield. Despite brisk winds and temperatures so chilling (46� at game time) that Rockies players wore long Johns or tights under their uniforms, Kennedy jumped out of the leftfield stands during the third inning of a game against the Reds, shed his clothes and began chasing Dante Bichette toward the infield before being collared by security guards. "Here I am in purple tights with a naked guy chasing me," Bichette said. "I'll bet you didn't think I could run that fast. I'm just glad the guy wasn't wearing cleats. If he had run me down with 50,000 people watching, I don't think I could have ever shown my face again."
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April 27, 1998

What Were They Thinking?

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On April 13 everybody at Coors Field was talking about the cold streak. No, not the Rockies' eight straight losses, but Darren Kennedy's naked dash across the Colorado outfield. Despite brisk winds and temperatures so chilling (46� at game time) that Rockies players wore long Johns or tights under their uniforms, Kennedy jumped out of the leftfield stands during the third inning of a game against the Reds, shed his clothes and began chasing Dante Bichette toward the infield before being collared by security guards. "Here I am in purple tights with a naked guy chasing me," Bichette said. "I'll bet you didn't think I could run that fast. I'm just glad the guy wasn't wearing cleats. If he had run me down with 50,000 people watching, I don't think I could have ever shown my face again."

What was Kennedy thinking? Apparently he studied at the John Hinckley school of seduction. The 30-year-old thought his actions might impress a woman. "I've been looking for this girl to share my world," Kennedy told the judge the next day. "I thought it would be a good idea, what I did. I know it's kind of wild.... I'm sorry." The apology wasn't enough. Kennedy pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace, trespassing and public-indecency charges—all misdemeanors—and was fined $500, ordered to pay $29 in court costs and received a 30-day suspended sentence.

A couple of hours after Kennedy's romp, the Rockies halted their own frigid run with an 8-4 victory over the Reds. After the game Bichette said, "My poor dad's in the stands, and he's 79 today. I don't know what he's thinking. I told him the fans love me here, but I didn't tell him they loved me that much."

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