Tasered teen asked dad for OK to run on field
"He wasn't drinking. He was not on drugs," said the father of the teen Tasered by police in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park last night.
Steve Consalvi, 17, is a senior at Boyertown High and "a real good student, heading to Penn State," according to his father, Wayne, 45, who owns Consalvi Auto Repair in Pottstown.
Steve even called from the park last night, asking for permission to run on the field, as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals, the elder Consalvi said.
"He said, 'Dad, can I run on the field? I said, 'I don't think you should, son.' "
"This would be a once in a lifetime experience!" the son said.
There wasn't any dare or a bet, involving the friends the teen was with.
Fearing the worst, the father called a buddy, Lou Caparoni, also at the game.
"Stevie's going to run on the field! You gotta stop him!" Wayne Consalvi recalled.
He knew his buddy, seated in another part of Citizens Bank Park, probably couldn't help.
Sure enough, in the eighth inning, there was Steve, running around in center field, trying to evade police and security personnel. An officer appeared to aim his Taser a few times before hitting the teen, who fell before being led off the field.
It was the first time any fan was Tasered on the field at Citizens Bank Park, according to the Phillies, who will meet with police to discuss handling such situations in the future.
Fans have reportedly been Tasered in the stands at other ballparks, including an Oakland game in August.
This morning, Steve wasn't in school, he was in front of a judge, the father said.
"He's down there with his mother."
The parents divorced more than a decade ago, and Steve basically lives with her in Gilbertsville. [Update: See separate story for comments from the mother and stepfather.]
"She's a good mother," said Wayne, who lives in Upper Pottsgrove.
"I don't recommend running on the field, but I don't think they should have Tased him at all," he said.
"You can't condone this kind of behavior," he added, but he explained he wasn't angry, because it was "teenagers having fun."
Another person Steve apparently knows had a different view:
"hahhaha i knoww that kid that was on the phillies field....he is my HERO i love youuu," tweeted Ashley / Phillies 819 shortly after midnight.
"i love you steve consalvi," she tweeted next.
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