HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman was a rookie, sitting in the County Stadium dugout in Milwaukee in 1999, when a fan ran onto the field and jumped on the back of teammate Bill Spiers, who suffered a black eye and bloody nose.
A day after a fan in Philadelphia was subdued with a Taser gun after he ran onto the field during a Phillies game, Berkman said he's never felt threatened by fans coming onto the field.
"I've always been entertained when somebody runs out there," Berkman said. "It's always fun watching the security people try to catch them. The best I ever saw was Montreal. The guy eluded capture for five minutes, which is a long time. They couldn't catch him. It's part of the deal. It's not something we think about."
Berkman vividly remembers the Spiers incident.
"It was crazy," Berkman said. "I actually thought someone in our bullpen had gotten into a fight with their bullpen, and we couldn't figure out what the commotion was. When we got out there, obviously there was a fan involved, and it was kind of a crazy situation."
As far as the use of a Taser, Berkman said fans should be ready for the worst if they come onto the field.
"I think if a guy jumps onto the field and get Tasered, he deserved it," Berkman said. "I'm not into causing anybody permanent damage, but I don't think Tasering does that. It's just a shock to the system."