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World Series Streaker, a YouTube Prankster, Charged With Criminal Trespassing

World Series Streaker, a YouTube Prankster, Charged With Criminal Trespassing
Photo by Jack Gorman
As Houston police officers led a handcuffed Vitaly Zdorovetskiy out of Minute Maid Park, it kinda looked like he was trying to dance to "Jump Around," and kinda seemed like the crowd was cheering for him just as much as they were for Carlos Correa's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

But turns out the dude was not a diehard Astros fan unable to contain his excitement. He was a career YouTube prankster from the only city Houston isn't friends with right now: Los Angeles.

Vitaly Zdorovetskiy was charged Monday morning with criminal trespass after jumping onto the field following Correa's homer and stripping down to his spandex shorts. He didn't get far. Ballpark security and HPD pounced on him like dogs fighting over a bone, giving Zdorovetskiy no more than 30 seconds in the spotlight until he seemed to trip and fall in the outfield right behind second base, allowing police to tackle/dogpile on him.
click to enlarge Would the second base umpire assist in the takedown? - PHOTO BY JACK GORMAN
Would the second base umpire assist in the takedown?
Photo by Jack Gorman
It's basically Zdorovetskiy's signature prank. The YouTuber, who has more than nine million followers on his channel, VitalyzdTV, was arrested last June for storming the court during the NBA Finals Game 4 in Cleveland, between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, bearing "Trump Sucks" on his chest. He was arrested in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, during a match between Germany and Argentina, after sprinting onto the field with "Natural Born Prankster" on his chest and trying to kiss one of the German players. And he was arrested in May 2016 after climbing the Hollywood sign.
click to enlarge Zdorovetskiy is cornered. - PHOTO BY JACK GORMAN
Zdorovetskiy is cornered.
Photo by Jack Gorman
According to a video fans posted of Zdorovetskiy after he was bailed out of jail on $500 surety Monday, Zdorovetskiy says that after the incident he had to sign something saying he was "banned" from ever returning to Minute Maid Park.

"i'm like...all right, like I want to come back here," Zdorovetskiy said on video.


He posted on Twitter that "Your boy is free...new video coming tonight," with a purple devil-face emoji.  
click to enlarge Face full of turf. - PHOTO BY JACK GORMAN
Face full of turf.
Photo by Jack Gorman

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Meagan Flynn is a staff writer at the Houston Press who, despite covering criminal justice and other political squabbles in Harris County, drinks only one small cup of coffee per day.
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