Yankees, Rays reactions to object throwing fans

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Small crowd, big problem.

Some of Yankee Stadium’s 10,202 fans made their presence ugly on Friday night when they started throwing baseballs and other objects onto the field at the bottom of the eighth inning of the Yankees 8-2 loss. against the Rays.

“You’re always concerned when there’s a chance people will throw things on the pitch,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t know if it was the day of the baseball contest. For some reason one or two did and it looks like there were 15 more that followed.

The crowd would have been bigger without New York’s COVID-19 restrictions. And by the time people started throwing things, the crowd was smaller than the advertised number: disgust in a game in which the Yankees had made three mistakes and had no runs on one stroke in six innings in had sent some to the exits.

Yankees fans started throwing balls across the field in the eighth inning of their loss to the Rays.
Yankees fans started throwing balls across the field in the eighth inning of their loss to the Rays.
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Yankees manager Aaron Bonne is a third-generation baseball player and has no recollection of witnessing a similar scene. He chose his words very carefully, saying “that sounds bad to everyone”.

The apparent message – play better! – was not lost to the Yankees, although the form in which he was delivered was embarrassing.

“It was the first time that I think I experienced this,” left fielder Clint Frazier said of fans throwing objects on the pitch. “You never want to get to that, obviously, and hopefully moving forward we’re playing pretty well where it won’t happen again.”

Giancarlo Stanton’s thoughts turned to player safety. The Rays did not return to the canoe for shelter.

“Hopefully it would stop immediately and none of their players were affected,” Stanton said. “You never want it to get to that point, but I was just hoping it didn’t get to a point where they had to stop or resume the game.”

It had “no effect” on how the last withdrawals were played, Cash said.

“I have no idea what happened,” Rays designate hitter Brandon Lowe said. “Suddenly there was a bullet in the center [field]. … I threw it at the group of fans who looked like they were asking for it. They were excited when they got it. And then all of a sudden there are 10 balls on the ground.

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