Fans at Yankee Stadium throw things at Guardians players after the game ends. pic.twitter.com/1LIv66LfBW
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Rather than celebrate the victory, Yankee players rushed to the right-field bleachers (see video above) in a bid to calm down fans who were raining trash on the Cleveland team.
One piece of garbage even hit an umpire trying to intervene.
Tensions were already simmering when Yankee Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a double to tie the score in the ninth inning, ESPN reported. Guardian left fielder Steven Kwan was injured when he slammed into the wall trying to grab the ball.
That’s when Guardian center fielder Myles Straw climbed the chain-link fence at the bleachers to confront at least one hectoring fan face-to-face while the others berated him.
“Brutal,” Straw said after the game. “Worst fan base on the planet.”
Yankee pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres soon drove in the winning run. As Straw and Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado tried to chase down the ball they were pelted with garbage.
“I didn’t know what was going on, but that can’t happen,” Kiner-Falefa told reporters later. “I love the atmosphere, I love the fans, I love everything about them, but we win with class.”
Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after the game: “I don’t think people can throw stuff at our players on the field. That’s never going to be okay.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone agreed. “Obviously, there’s no place for throwing stuff on the field in that situation,” he said. “Obviously we certainly don’t want to put anybody in danger. Love the intensity, but can’t be throwing stuff out on the field.”
I am a life-long Yankee fan born and raised in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have class! The fans yesterday in right field brought shame to the team and the rest of its fan base.