NEW YORK – The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium was banned from major league games for life.
The decision was confirmed on Sunday by spokesmen for the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning on Saturday night after Verdugo was hit in the back by a ball thrown from the left seats. He didn’t seem hurt.
An angry Verdugo yelled at fans and was held back by first base coach Tom Goodwin when the game was held up in the pouring rain. The fan was thrown out of the ballpark.
“While the Yankees value the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries – especially with the Red Sox – we will not tolerate reckless, disorderly, and dangerous behavior that endangers the safety of players, field workers, or other fans. “Said the Yankees in a statement on Sunday.
“There’s absolutely no room for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including the guests in the stands and players on the field, will be a top priority for the Yankees Organization every time we open our doors.”
Verdugo said he threw the ball into the stands for a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and tossed it back onto the field where it hit the outfielder.
“It’s awful, embarrassing, unacceptable,” said New York manager Aaron Boone afterwards.
Verdugo returned to left field when play resumed after a discussion with the umpires near Boston’s dugout.
“It felt like it was aimed at me and doesn’t suit me well,” he said.
New York won 3-1 in a game called after six innings due to heavy rain.
NJ.com reported Sunday that the fan was not arrested.