A New York Yankees fan has been banned for life from all MLB stadiums after throwing a baseball that hit left fielder Alex Verdugo of the Boston Red Sox during Saturday night’s game.
A spokesperson for the Yankees He said NJ.com that the fan was kicked out of Yankees Stadium, and MLB continued to issue a ban in the league’s other 29 stadiums.
“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 endangers the safety of players, field personnel, or the other fans, “the Yankees told NJ.com in a statement. “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. “
Verdugo was hit by a ball thrown from the left field bleachers during torrential rain at Yankees Stadium on Saturday night, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his players off the field. Stadium officials then worked to identify which fan threw the ball at Verdugo, and then escorted the fan out of the stadium.
Someone threw a ball at Alex Verdugo here at Yankee Stadium pic.twitter.com/CJT91lOlGI
– Dillard Barnhart (@ BarnHasSpoken2) July 18, 2021
The fan was not arrested, but Yankees officials planned to meet with authorities Sunday to provide more information.
“There is no place for that in this great game and in this great rivalry,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said: according to Newsday. “Players should never feel like they have to worry about something like that. I already reached out to Alex Cora, just to apologize to Alex Verdugo. That is a terrible, bad and sad situation. “