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Unruly home fans at Yankee Stadium threw trash at visiting Cleveland Guardians players during a Yankee win Saturday afternoon.
Some fans in the notoriously rowdy right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium pelted Cleveland outfielders with bottles, cans and debris in a chaotic scene on Saturday, moments after New York rallied for a 6-5 win.
Rather than celebrate after Isiah Kiner-Falefa and pinch hitter Gleyber Torres got RBI hits with two outs in the ninth, stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York players rushed to the wall in right center field, trying to calm the crowd. .
Security personnel joined in the effort to quell the unrest.
“You definitely don’t want to put anybody in danger. I love intensity, but you can’t throw stuff on the field,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Closer Cleveland’s Emmanuel Clase was one strike away from holding a 5-4 lead when Kiner-Falefa hit a 100mph fastball for an even double. Rookie left fielder Steven Kwan ran hard against the wall chasing the ball and a coach came out to control it.
“Kwan was a little shaken up and had cuts on his face and there was one specific Yankees fan in left field celebrating Kwan’s injury,” Mercado said. “It’s almost like it’s acts of violence. You can’t say things like that, especially when someone’s hurt.”
“I just let him know, ‘Listen man, you can tweet all you want but don’t celebrate somebody getting hurt. It’s classless and that shouldn’t be a thing,” he said. “You can cheer for your team all you want, I don’t deny that. Honestly, it’s good for the game when there are die-hard fans, but do it the right way.”
Before play resumed, Mercado pointed to the stands and centre-back Myles Straw scaled the chain-link fence on the left to confront at least one fan face-to-face, while another fan nearby made a derogatory gesture .
“I think Myles was defending his teammate,” Cleveland Terry Francona said. “The kid is bleeding and we’re checking him for a concussion, and I think the emotions have probably gotten a bit out of control.”
Torres followed by fielding a single to right center for the game winner. As Mercado and Straw chased the ball into space, several fans began throwing objects at them.
“One came up to my face and I grabbed it. It was a can of beer,” Mercado said.
“They need to be held accountable and I think there should be rules set for that because it’s ridiculous and it shouldn’t happen,” he said. “Say what you mean and do what you want to do, but ultimately there have to be consequences for behavior like this.”
Associated Press contributed to this report
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