A New York Yankees fan has been banned for life from attending Major League Baseball games for hitting Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball he threw from the Yankee Stadium stands on Saturday.
During the sixth inning, Verdugo tossed a ball into the stands, giving it to a young Red Sox fan. However, a Yankees fan caught the ball mid-way and threw it back to the outfielder.
Verdugo had to be restrained by first-base coach Tom Goodwin as he got angry and started shouting towards the stands.
While Verdugo was not injured, Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his players off the field after the incident.
“It felt like it was targeted towards me and it don’t sit well with me,” said Verdugo.
The fan was identified and escorted out of the stadium but was not arrested. It was later announced that he is banned from Yankees Stadium and all other 29 MLB ballparks.
“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 puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” a Yankees spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.