The fan who threw a baseball from the stands at Yankee Stadium and hit Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo in the back was banned Sunday from ever attending another Major League Baseball game — at any park.
A New York Yankees spokesperson said that the fan was banned from its games for life, and that MLB had banned him from the rest of its parks.
During Saturday’s Boston-New York game, Verdugo threw a ball into the stands intending for a Red Sox fan to take it as a souvenir. But a Yankees fan grabbed it instead, and after others chanted for him to toss it back onto the field, the fan plunked Verdugo on the back with it.
It led to Verdugo verbally confronting the fan while remaining on the field. He had to be restrained, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field.
“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 Sunday.
“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.”
The fan was ejected from the game, and the Yankees plan to meet with police Sunday night to provide more information about the incident, NJ.com reported.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that he hoped the fan ended up in jail.
–Field Level Media