Fan charged with taking seat


Batavia’s Bradley Hosler had a great seat for Sunday’s Reds game.
Hosler liked the right-centerfield so much, police say he decided to keep it.
Hosler, 20, was charged with vandalism and theft after police said he broke the seat – Section 142, Row 3, Seat 4 – and took it out of Great American Ball Park.

“To our knowledge, no one’s ever made it outside the ball park with a seat,” Reds’ spokesman Rob Butcher said today.

Hosler, listed as 6-foot-8 inches tall in the police report, apparently broke the seat portion – the part where fans sit – of his chair and decided to take it home as a souvenir.

Hosler must really like the Reds. In his court appearance today, he wore a Reds T-shirt.

It’s not unusual, Butcher said, for the seat portion to break because it’s plastic and people often stand on them to cheer or even get a better view.

Hosler was at the Sunday’s Reds loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Sunday just outside the 1000 Main St. stadium.

Hosler was charged with vandalism and theft and ordered held on $1,500 bond.