New York – The fan hitting the left player Alex Verdugo, of the Boston Red Sox, with a baseball thrown from the stands of Yankee Stadium, is banned for life from attending major league games.
The decision was confirmed Sunday by spokesmen for both the New York Yankees and the major leagues.
Red Sox coach Alex Cora withdrew his team briefly from the field in the sixth half on Saturday night after Verdugo was hit in the back by a ball thrown from the left-court bench. He does not appear to be infected.
The angry hangman shouted at the crowd and was stopped by first base coach Tom Goodwin when the match was halted in pouring rain. The fan was kicked out of the stadium.
“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various competitions, particularly with the Red Sox, reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that threatens the safety of players, field workers, or other fans,” the Yankees said. Sunday statement.
“There is absolutely no place for him at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including the guests in the stands and the players on the field, will always be Yankees’ top priority every time we open our doors.”
Verdugo said he threw the ball in the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it into the field and hit the defensive player.
“It’s shocking, shameful, and unacceptable,” New York coach Aaron Boone later said.
Verdugo returned to the left field when play resumed after an altercation with the referees near the Boston bunker.
“I felt it was directed at me and didn’t suit me,” he said.
New York won 3-1 in a game that was called up after six games due to torrential rain.
NJ.com reported on Sunday that the fan has not been arrested.