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Tricky fan banned from Shea Stadium

UPI News Service, 01/24/2007 

An 18-year-old New York Mets fan who interviewed catcher Mike Piazza under the guise of being a reporter has been banned from Shea Stadium for three years.

After enjoying his opportunity to go behind security lines at Shea Stadium with a fake press pass, Ryan Leli agreed to the three-year ban from the stadium Tuesday rather than face jail time on criminal impersonation charges, Newsday reported.

Also included in the ban is the Mets' training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and New York's KeySpan Park, the home of the organization's instructional team.

Leli, posed as an NBC reporter last August, and got an interview with Piazza, but when he attempted the same stunt a month later he was arrested by authorities.

After agreeing to the plea bargain, the 18-year-old who has previously gotten close to several celebrities with similar false credentials, attempted to make light of the situation.

"I guess I'm going to have to go to Yankee games," he joked.

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