NEW YORK – The Long Island teen who slipped into the Mets' clubhouse with a bogus press pass and interviewed Mike Piazza before being caught will do no jail time — but is barred from Shea Stadium for the next three years.
Ryan Leli, 18, took a plea deal yesterday in Queens Supreme Court. The Smithtown HS graduate used a homemade press credential to slip past security and meet his baseball idol last August, when the Mets were playing Piazza's San Diego Padres.
Leli, who was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, is also barred from the Mets' minor-league affiliate ballpark, KeySpan Park in Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
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Leli, who pretended to be with NBC, said he was successful the first time he got into the clubhouse. He joined the rest of the press and shouted a few questions at Piazza.
But sources said the kid became "pushy and obnoxious" and the Padres complained about a reporter's unprofessional behavior.
The next night, when Leli tried getting into the clubhouse, he was caught.
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