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A thrilling come from behind victory by the New York Yankees in Saturday’s MLB contest was tarnished by the actions of a number of unruly fans who pelted members of the Cleveland Guardians with debris.
With the home team trailing by two runs in the ninth inning and down to their last strike, recently acquired shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa swatted a 100 mph fastball thrown by Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase, bringing the tying run across the plate but rookie outfielder Steven Kwan collided with the wall, prompting trainers to rush to his aid.
During the break in the action, something happened when fans in the right-field bleachers were confronted by Guardians players with right fielder Oscar Mercado pointing at the stands while center fielder Myles Straw scaled the wall to have a word with one of the crowd as verbal abuse rained down.
Myles Straw almost just went into the stands to fight a Yankee fan pic.twitter.com/oGqxC80Wsa
— Baseball Fight Club (@mlb_fights) April 23, 2022
Mercado later said that some fans were “celebrating Kwan getting hurt.”
After play resumed, pinch hitter Gleyber Torres crushed a line drive into right-center, bringing home the winning run in a 5-4 victory for the Yankees.
After the Yankees won on a walk-off single, New York fans starting throwing trash at the Guardians outfielders.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 23, 2022
Things then turned ugly when some threw trash including beer cans at Mercado and Straw who were chasing the ball, prompting members of the Yankees to rush onto the field to intervene.
Real classy Yankees fans throwing trash at players after a win.
Disgusting to see. pic.twitter.com/lNCXfeUhBs
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 23, 2022
Longtime Yankees broadcaster John Sterling called the action on the game winning play as well as the actions of the fans whose actions he denounced as ruining a great victory.
“I think that’s disgraceful! That’s Disgraceful!” Sterling said. “That’s not Yankee Stadium! Those aren’t Yankee fans! Hooligans!”
“Those aren’t Yankee fans! Hooligans!”
Game winning call from the great John Sterling…followed by commentary after Yankees fans threw cans and other objects on the field after the victory.
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) April 23, 2022
“I don’t think people can throw stuff at our players on the field,” said Cleveland Manager Terry Francona. “That’s never going to be OK.”
“You certainly don’t want to put anyone in danger,” added Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “I love the intensity, but you can’t be throwing stuff out on the field,”
“I didn’t know what was going on, but that can’t happen,” Kiner-Falefa said. “I love the atmosphere, I love the fans, I love everything about them, but we win with class.”
Twitter reacted to the incident, with many painting all Yankee fans with a broad brush.
Yankee fans are legit the biggest scumbags in pro sports. Even Judge and Stanton know it. pic.twitter.com/FSAIauuHaA
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 23, 2022
New York Yankees fans are the epitome of class pic.twitter.com/hy0UGpLxzS
— Marc Luino (@GiraffeNeckMarc) April 23, 2022
Making the fan base look like complete trash. The Yankees just walked it off and you're throwing shit on the field. Scumbags
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) April 23, 2022
Yankees fans not only throw trash, they are trash. pic.twitter.com/cENHATsWBy
— Cleveland Sports Fans (@CLE_SPORTS_FANS) April 23, 2022
Taunt injured player. Throw garbage at player who defends injured teammate. Stay classy, Yankees fans.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 23, 2022
Yankees fans are pieces of shit. Trash ass fan base. Fucking garbage
— Grant Puskar (@grant_puskar_) April 23, 2022
Yankees fans are trash, evergreen tweet
— Mitchell Krall (@mlkrall) April 23, 2022
Yankees fans are absolute trash…
Every single one of them
— Nick Paulus (@NickPaulus) April 23, 2022
In the locker room after the game, Guardians outfielder Mercado gave his account of what went down to reporters.
“One came right at my face and I caught it,” he said, “It was beer cans, they still had beer inside so honestly, like I said, you can celebrate, you can chirp all you want during the game but don’t try to get people hurt, that’s not how things work.”
Guardians outfielder Oscar Mercado describes what happened when Yankees fans started throwing trash at him on the field & what caused the whole incident.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 23, 2022
It was the first trip to Yankee Stadium for the Guardians after the team changed their name from the Cleveland Indians, surrendering to “woke” activists who deemed the longtime nickname as racist, joining the Washington Redskins on the left’s trophy wall.
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