The Yankees hosted the Red Sox on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium, but there had to be an unexpected pause in the game that had nothing to do with the weather.
It got delayed when a fan threw a baseball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo.
The fan not only got kicked out, but banned from Yankees stadium for life, as well as every single ballpark in the entire country, an MLB spokesperson told NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty on Sunday.
“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries — especially with the Red Sox – reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” the Yankees said in a statement. “There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors.“
Verdugo had thrown a ball into the stands in left field before the bottom of the sixth inning, aiming for a Red Sox fan, but it ended up in the hands of a Yankees fan.
Fans around yelled for the guy to throw it back, so the fan did so, but hit Verdugo in the back. Red Sox manager Alex Cora soon pulled his team off the field after Verdugo kept yelling at the person who did it.
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“[Saturday] was one incident,” Cora said Sunday. “Somebody made a bad decision throwing a baseball. … One thing for sure, when I went out there, it was loud and it got nasty, from both sides. I just needed to calm [Verdugo] down. That was the whole reason I took everybody off the field.”