Yankees fans throw garbage at Guardians players

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Unruly home fans at Yankee Stadium threw garbage at visiting Cleveland Guardians players during a Yankee comeback victory Saturday afternoon.

Some fans in the notoriously noisy grandstand to the right at Yankee Stadium threw Cleveland outfielders with bottles, cans and trash into a chaotic scene Saturday, moments after New York rallied to a 6-5 victory.

The Oscar Mercado # 35 of the Cleveland Guardians is detained as fans throw trash on the field after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning at the Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2022 in New York City.

The Oscar Mercado # 35 of the Cleveland Guardians is detained as fans throw trash on the field after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning at the Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2022 in New York City.
(Photo by Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

Instead of celebrating 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 against the wall in the center-right to try to reassure the audience. .

Security personnel participated in the efforts to quell the unrest.

APRIL 23: Oscar Mercado # 35 of Cleveland Guardians is held back as fans throw trash on the field after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2022 in New York City.

APRIL 23: Oscar Mercado # 35 of Cleveland Guardians is held back as fans throw trash on the field after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2022 in New York City.
(Photo by Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

“You certainly do not want to endanger anyone. I love the intensity, but you can not throw things off the field,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Emmanuel Clase, who was closer to Cleveland, was a stroke away from retaining a 5-4 lead when Kiner-Falefa hit a 100 mph fastball to an equalizer double. Rookie left fielder Steven Kwan ran hard into the wall and chased the ball and a coach went out to check on him.

“Kwan was a little shaken and had some cuts on his face and there was a specific Yankee fan in the left field who was celebrating that Kwan was injured,” Mercado said. “It’s almost like it’s acts of violence. You can’t say such a thing, especially when someone is hurt.”

Members of the Cleveland Guardians react after fans threw dirt on the court after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning, April 23, 2022 in New York, New York.

Members of the Cleveland Guardians react after fans threw dirt on the field after Gleyber Torres # 25 of the New York Yankees walks off the RBI single at the bottom of the ninth inning, April 23, 2022 in New York, New York.
(Photo by Rob Tringali / MLB Photos via Getty Images)

“I just let him know, ‘Listen, man, you can tweet anything you want, but don’t celebrate anyone getting hurt.’ It’s classless and it should not be anything, “he said. “You can root your team anything you want, I do not deny that. Honestly, it’s good for the game when there are tough fans, but do it the right way.”

Before the game resumed, Mercado pointed to the stands, and center-back Myles Straw climbed over the chain-link fence to the left to confront at least one fan face-to-face while another fan nearby made a derogatory gesture.

“I think Myles held up for his teammate,” Cleveland Terry Francona said. “The kid is bleeding out there and we’re checking him out for a concussion, and I think the emotions have gotten a little out of control.”

Torres followed by line with a single to the right center of the game winner. As Mercado and Straw chased the ball into the space, several fans began throwing objects at them.

“One came close to my face and I caught it. It was a can of beer,” Mercado said.

“They have to be held accountable and I think there should be rules for that because it’s ridiculous and it should not happen,” he said. “Say what you want to say and do what you want, but in the end there must be consequences for such behavior.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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