NEW YORK – The New York Yankees have banned for life the fan who threw a baseball and hit Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo from Yankee Stadium, a spokesperson for the team said Sunday afternoon.
Major League Baseball has also banned the fan from its other 29 stadiums, the spokesperson added.
“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 staff or others fans will not be tolerated, ”he added. the Yankees said in a statement. “There’s absolutely no room for that at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the pitch, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization whenever we open our doors. “
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The Yankees plan to meet with authorities later Sunday evening to provide them with all the information they have on the incident, the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department told NJ Advance Media officers did not arrest the fan, who was escorted out of the stadium.
The fan punched Verdugo in the back, prompting Boston manager Alex Cora to pull his team off the pitch until tensions eased.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the fan’s actions “unacceptable.” He said he hoped the fan would end up in jail.
“Just a bad situation and if I had been Alex Cora I would have done the same by going out and taking his guys off the pitch,” said Boone. “There is no place for that in this great game and in this great rivalry. Gamers should never feel like they have to worry about something like this. I have already contacted Alex Cora, just to apologize to Alex Verdugo. It’s just a terrible, bad, sad situation. Sorry about that. “
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