New York Yankees fans threw Cleveland Guardian outfielders with bottles, cans and trash on Saturday as the New York team won a 5-4 victory at the last minute.
Instead of celebrating the victory, the Yankees players rushed to the stands on the right in an attempt to reassure fans who were raining trash on the Cleveland team.
A piece of debris even hit a judge who tried to intervene.
Tensions were already simmering as Yankee Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a double to equalize in the ninth inning, ESPN reported. Guardian’s left fielder Steven Kwan was injured when he hit the wall in an attempt to grab the ball.
That was when Guardian center-back Myles Straw climbed over the chain-length fence at the stands to confront at least one hectic fan face to face while the others scolded him.
“Brutal,” Straw said after the fight. “The worst fan base on the planet.”
Yankee pinch hitter Gleyber Torres soon ran in the winning race. When Straw and Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado tried to chase the ball down, they were thrown with garbage.
“I did not know what was going on, but it can not 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 do not think people can throw things at our players on the field. It will never be okay.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone agreed. “Obviously, there is no room for throwing things on the pitch in that situation,” he said. “Of course we do not want to endanger anyone. Love the intensity, but can not throw things on the field.”