The home support has been dubbed the “worst fan base on the planet” by their visitors
Fans of the New York Yankees baseball franchise have come under fire for throwing bottles, cans and debris at Cleveland Guardians players on Saturday despite their team’s 5-4 win.
The Yankees sealed a narrow victory in the ninth inning with two outs. Yet, rather than celebrate their achievement, they had to rush to the right center field wall and attempt to quiet a rowdy pocket of home support at Yankee Stadium.
Trouble was brewing when play was stopped after Guardians’ Steven Kwan ran into the wall chasing the ball as the hosts leveled the game.
Before action could resume, Cleveland’s Oscar Mercado pointed to the bleachers and center fielder Myles Straw scaled the fence to confront an angry fan as another made a derogatory comment.
Then, when Gleyber Torres threw a hit to seal the win, something Straw described as a “beer parade” ensued, which saw security and players from either team attempt to drag Mercado away from the right-field stands as beer cans and debris hurled in his and Straw’s direction were piling up.
In his postgame interview, Straw said the reception in the Bronx was “brutal” before overtaking the home supporters “classless” and the “the worst fan base on the planet”.
“It got to me a little bit. I said what I said. If I had to do it again, I probably would have said the same thing. He’s my guy. At that point, clap your hands. Be glad your team tied the game. Be a normal baseball fan and just enjoy what’s going on,Straw added later after having calmed down a bit.
“You can celebrate your team by walking all you want, but don’t throw bullshit on the pitch,” Mercado says elsewhere. “Sorry for the swearing, but that’s how people can get hurt. I probably should have left.”
Cleveland manager Terry Francona agreed, saying: “I don’t think people can throw things at our players on the pitch. It’s never going to be okay.” and so have several Yankees personalities.
“Obviously there’s no place to throw stuff on the pitch in this situation,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone remarked. “I will get more clarity on that, but obviously we certainly don’t want to put anyone at risk.
“We like intensity. But obviously you can’t throw stuff on the pitch,” Boone added.
Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who tied the game, said he “I didn’t know what was happening, but it can’t happen”.
“I like the atmosphere, I like the fans, I like everything about them, but we win with class” he ordered.
Thanks to Kiner-Falefa’s heroics, the Yankees earned their fourth victory in five games to improve to 9-6 in the AL East and face the Guardians again at home on Sunday.
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