Rafael Diaz, 32, lived the dream of every fanatic Friday night when he bolted past security to join the joyous huddle of Amazins congratulating pitcher Johan Santana moments after he succeeded in putting in the books the teams first-ever no-hitter.
Thats because Diaz, a married father of two from Massapequa, LI, was wearing a replica of the Kids 1986 jersey. In that moment, Diaz was as close to his beloved team as any fan ever hopes to be: using pitcher R.A. Dickeys right shoulder as a launching pad to squeeze past first baseman Ike Davis and give Santana a congratulatory pat.
The dream was short-lived. Security quickly tackled the major-league interloper, hauled him off the field and had him arrested.
Diaz was charged with interfering with a sporting event. He faces up to a year in prison, a possible $1,000 fine and could be banned forever from the Flushing home of his favorite team.
Diaz, a pilot who works at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, has been devoted to the Mets his whole life, a relative told The Post.
Hes obsessed with the Mets, said Maggie Diaz, 38. He goes to games all the time.