The New York Yankees were trying to bounce back from another feckless performance against Alex Verdugo the Boston Red Sox, as they followed an Eduardo Rodriguez shutout by barely being able to touch up Nathan Eovaldi.
Yankees fans have had it up to here with a roster that has proven to be utterly incapable of pulling out victories in clutch situations, but they chose to showcase that frustration in a way that is completely unacceptable and gives the fanbase a bad look.
The game had to come to a halt in the sixth inning, as Verdugo started shouting with fans after a baseball was thrown at him. Rookie outfielder Jarren Duran tried to calm Verdugo down, but it, unfortunately, did not work, as Verdugo continued to lash out at the offending fans.
Manager Alex Cora pulled players away from the field in the immediate aftermath of the ball being thrown, and he had some very NSFW words for the umpires after what he felt was an inadequate response. What an ugly situation.
Alex Verdugo was pelted by debris during Yankees-Red Sox.
In a very unusual turn of events, the Yankees were able to take the lead right after the game was briefly stopped. Gary Sanchez gave New York a 2-1 lead by taking excellent Red Sox reliever Hirokazu Sawamura deep, and Gleyber Torres followed up that blast with one of his own to make it 3-1.
In an age where fan conduct is under even greater of a microscope than it has been due to fans attempting to run on the playing surface or throw things at players with increasing regularity, this was a completely bush-league move. Verdugo could’ve been seriously injured if that ball connected.
Eovaldi once again looked like prime Nolan Ryan against the Yankees, which would frustrate any fan, but this too far. Considering that this isn’t even the first time that fans have been caught throwing things on the field this season, this is a sign that the code of conduct needs to be emphasized even more than it already is.
Yes, the Yankees are struggling again and the Red Sox are thriving. That is in no way justification for throwing something, especially something dangerous like a baseball, at a player. Hopefully, the offending “fans” are punished accordingly and are banned from attending games in the short-term future.
Losing is frustrating, we understand. Having said that, it’s not frustrating enough to pelt dangerous objects at other players.