Seconds after the Yankees and Guardians finished play Saturday afternoon, they were united on the same side with the same common adversary: angry Yankees fans.
In an extraordinary scene, Gleyber Torres’ single was immediately overshadowed by altercations in the outfield, during which fans threw beers and debris from the right field bleachers at Guardians players, prompting Yankees such as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton trying to calm down. hecklers and to prevent anyone from getting hurt.
Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado said he was nearly hit by a beer can and grabbed another that approached his face. The video showed a referee, who was trying to get players off the field as debris rained down, being hit in the back by a projectile.
“You can celebrate your team by walking all you want, but don’t throw bullshit on the field,” Mercado said after the Yankees’ 5-4 win.
The commotion started a hitter earlier, when Isiah Kiner-Falefa drilled an RBI double on the left field wall. Goalkeeper left fielder Steven Kwan crashed into the outfield wall trying what would have been a spectacular and life-saving catch. He stumbled away from the wall and slumped to the ground as Yankees fans celebrated a suddenly tied game.
Centre-back Myles Straw was watching Kwan when he said a group of fans – one in particular – started cheering on the injury and mocking Kwan as the coaches watched him. Straw scaled the wall and nibbled with that fan.
Straw initially declined to comment after the loss and walked away saying, “Brutal. The worst fan base on the planet.
He later explained his side and said that Kwan was the “nicest guy on the planet”.
“[Kwan’s] chin was messed up, his forehead was messed up, just give him a break,” Straw said of Kwan, who was being assessed after the game. “You can tweet all you want, say whatever you want. But when someone is hurt, you shouldn’t joke. »
Guardians manager Terry Francona was among many – including several Yankees players and manager Aaron Boone – to say fans should never throw anything on the field.
“The kid is bleeding, they’re checking him for a concussion,” Francona said of rookie Kwan. “I just think the emotions probably got a little out of control.”
Several Cleveland players said they experienced verbal abuse on Friday and Saturday, though they also hear it at other visiting parks.
It was different. Straw said he had never seen or heard a scene like Saturday’s ninth inning anywhere else.
“Usually I laugh and [the fans will] laugh back, especially when they get a little smile from you,” Mercado said. “But bringing violence and throwing stuff on the pitch and cheering when someone else is hurt is not OK, and that’s where I draw the line.”
The fourth-year outfielder hopes to see repercussions for the fans who triggered him.
“I think there should be rules set for that. Because in all honesty, it’s ridiculous,” Mercado said. “And that shouldn’t happen. Say what you mean and do what you want to do. But ultimately, there have to be consequences for behavior like that.
The Guardians players said they liked the Yankees players for trying to calm the fans down.
Kiner-Falefa said: “We win with class… we’ll sort it out next time, I hope.”
The Cleveland players understand they’re in enemy territory in the Bronx, but they wanted the fans to cheer on the Yankees, not for their opponents’ injuries.
“They can gross me out, they can say things about my family. I really don’t care about that,” Straw said. “But when someone is injured, you don’t blame it. Just keep your mouth shut and let them recover.
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