California college baseball ‘superfan’ banished

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - A die-hard fan of the University of California, Irvine, baseball team has gone from field fixture to persona non grata after walking to the mound to celebrate a win.

The Orange County Register reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1vMULDR ) that 49-year-old Keith Franklin had his season ticket revoked in February after taking to the infield with a homemade banner commemorating career victory No. 1,000 for Anteaters coach Mike Gillespie.

The school says he went over the line.

Franklin says he had permission. And Gillepsie didn’t seem to mind, smiling and shaking Franklin’s hand.

Since the home-field banishment, Franklin’s enthusiasm hasn’t waned. He attends all away games, leading cheers and inventing nicknames for players.

And he’s maintaining his vow not to cut his hair until the Anteaters make the College World Series.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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