Unfortunately for Cleveland Guardians outfielder Myles Straw, he put a target on his back for New York Yankees fans way earlier this year during a series in the Bronx. Initially, it was believed the Bleacher Creatures acted irrationally out of line — an assumption not many would doubt — but as it turns out, Straw provoked the crowd with his behavior.
After Straw had called out Yankees fans for “being the worst in the world” yet refusing to tell the media what they said to cause him to climb the outfield wall and get in their faces, a video surfaced courtesy of a fan in the left field seats showing Straw climb the left field wall and yell “Hit me, motherfu–er!!” while fans were talking trash to Straw, Steven Kwan and Oscar Mercado during a stoppage in play due to Kwan colliding with the wall.
After the Yankees secured the win, fans took it to the next level and inappropriately threw trash on the field at the Guardians outfielders and the whole situation got even uglier.
But the manner in which it was framed painting Yankees fans as irrational instigators and entitled brats was seemingly incorrect. The trash talk from the video that surfaced offered nothing that was objectively “over the line.”
As you can expect, Straw’s return to Yankee Stadium for the ALDS wasn’t pretty, with fans showering boos on him when he stepped into the batter’s box accompanied by a few “A–hole!” chants. It’s clear they managed to get in his head … again.
Myles Straw commented on Yankees fans behavior after ALDS Game 1.
"“The boos, though, were comparatively kind. ‘Assh–e’ cheers greeted the Guardians center fielder throughout, and he said he heard “multiple” jeers from fans that crossed the line.‘There were a few. I’m not going to say what they said, there’s no point,” Straw said after going 1-for-4 with a strikeout. ‘They were personal. It’s all good though.’‘It doesn’t bother me. I’m just out there chilling playing center field.'”"
"“It was pretty cool. Kind of what I expected,” said Straw. “It was pretty solid. It wasn’t hostile out there tonight. It was verbal, but they kept their hands to themselves, kept the items off the field. So it was all good.“It is what it is. They can say what they want, but they did a good job of keeping items off the field tonight. So props to them for that one.”"
Two different quotes to two different publications. Either way, he couldn’t not expect fans to go at him after what he said back in April.
Interesting of Straw attempting to take the high road. You know, the guy who mercilessly screams “F—!” on the top of his lungs and acts like a child every time he strikes out.
In an unexpected twist, he might be a match made in heaven with some of the worst Yankees fans. As long as he continues to lean into the villain role, however, he can expect rude welcomes in Game 2 and beyond. “F—” is right.