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Top row, left to right: Eric P. Case, 21, of Palm Harbor; Matthew P. Seppala, 20, of Orlando; and Jason D. Chambers, 25, of St. Petersburg. Bottom row, left to right: Julio R. Rodriguez, 35, of Miami; Eric D. Flanders, 25, of St. Petersburg; Christopher L. Nager, 32, of Coconut Creek [Photos: Pinellas County Sheriff]

UPDATE: The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office dropped a charge of disorderly conduct against Christopher L. Nager on Nov. 24, court records show.

The office filed a bill of "no information," which means prosecutors declined to pursue the misdemeanor charge in court. Nager's attorney, Marc Pelletier, praised the state's decision.

"I think the State Attorney's Office looked at the case and recognized that since Mr. Nager didn’t place anyone in danger by his actions," Pelletier said, "that a disorderly intoxication charge was not warranted."

Nager "feels pleased that he was not charged and I think he's anxious to move on and continue to live a constructive life,” the attorney said.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Joe Maddon put rookie lefty David Price on the mound for Tampa Bay with the bases loaded in the eighth inning against Boston. It was the right call.

But so many others made the wrong call, police say, during the World Series-bound Rays' 3-1 win Sunday night at Tropicana Field.

There were 25 ejections and six arrests reported by St. Petersburg police, including two who jumped onto the field without the express written consent of Major League Baseball.

Here's the lineup:

Matthew P. Seppala, 20, of Orlando, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police say Seppala was "intoxicated" and using "vulgar language" in front of children and adults when he was arrested and ejected from Tropicana Field at 9:50 p.m. Sunday.

Julio R. Rodriguez, 35, of Miami, was arrested Sunday on charges of disorderly intoxication and obstruction/resisting arrest about 11:45 p.m. According to a police report, an "intoxicated" Rodriguez was "screaming profanities and threats of violence" and threatening to fight other fans. He's also accused of resisting arrest when officers tried to cuff him.

Jason D. Chambers, 25, of 12000 Fourth St. N, and Eric. D. Flanders, 25, of 122 1/2 19th Ave. N, were both arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. According to police, Chambers and Flanders jumped over a concrete wall at 11:58 a.m. Sunday to get onto the field at Tropicana Field after the Rays' win.

Officers and security stationed by the rightfield foul pole quickly ran down Chambers and Flanders for two outs, according to the report.

Christopher L. Nager, 32, of Coconut Creek, was arrested at 1 this morning on a charge of disorderly intoxication. Nager refused to leave Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill, according to a police report, then refused to leave the Central Avenue roadway despite the risk of being run over.

Eric P. Case, 21, of 245 Chianti Place in Palm Harbor, was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication. Three times a "visibly intoxicated" Case was told to leave Ferg's, according to a St. Petersburg police report. And each time he came back, got "loud" and bumped into patrons there, police say. A shirtless Case was finally arrested at 1:45 a.m. this morning.

Jamal Thalji, Luis Perez, Times staff writers


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