The New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game was delayed at Yankee Stadium more than once on Saturday night, first by threat of rain – then briefly because a Yankees fan allegedly threw a ball at the Red outfielder. Sox Alex Verdugo.
Verdugo made his way to the stands and started arguing with New York fans and was quickly dismissed by his teammates and some umpires, according to the Boston Globe.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game he understood the fan had hit Verdugo “point blank from behind” in the back.
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“It’s horrible, embarrassing, unacceptable. From what I understand, they grabbed the guy. I hope he’s in jail right now. Yeah, it’s just a bad situation, ”Boone said.
“I understand they caught the guy. I hope he’s in jail right now. “
The incident occurred in the sixth inning when the score was 1-1.
It also happened the same night that a Nationals-Padres game in Washington was suspended following gunfire outside Nationals Park which police say left at least four people injured – while large American cities continued to face spikes in violent crime.
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In New York, the fan was kicked out of the game and could be arrested, according to CBS Sports.
After Verdugo left the pitch, Red Sox manager Alex Cora then signaled the rest of the squad to do the same until the game resumed later, according to the Globe.
Boone told reporters that if he had been Cora he would have done the same.
“There is no place for that in this great game,” said the manager.
“There is no place for that in this great game. ”
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After another rain delay, the Yankees earned a 3-1 victory.