We all saw the aftermath play out on television, as New York Yankees fans were throwing garbage and empty beer cans onto the field after an altercation with the Cleveland Guardians’ outfielder Myles Straw, but everyone was wondering what was said that led up to that bottom. Wonder no more, as a new video has been released showing what went down that Saturday afternoon.
On April 23, tensions started to rise in Yankee Stadium after Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a double to left to tie the game in the ninth inning. During the play, left fielder Steven Kwan was injured after banging into the wall. Straw then climbed up the left-field wall to confront a fan after the play.
So, what did Straw say to the Yankee fan after he scaled the wall? A new video shared by the New York Post shows Straw telling Yankees fans to “hit me, motherf–ker.” In the video, you can also hear one of the fans yelling “get mad” repeatedly toward Straw and fellow outfielder Oscar Mercado.
The Yankees went on to win the game 5-4 and after the final out, Yankees fans proceeded to throw garbage and debris onto the field and at the Guardians players. An umpire was trying to calm down the scene and was hit by some of the trash being thrown, the New York Post reported.
After the game, Straw told reporters, “Brutal. Worst fan base on the planet.”
Guardians manager Terry Francona also spoke to the media after the game and gave his team’s side of the story. He said, “Myles was kinda sticking up for his teammate. Kid’s out there bleeding, checking him for a concussion. I just think probably emotions got a little out of control. Regardless, I don’t think people can throw stuff at our players on the field. That’s never gonna be OK.”
While the scene got intense, it did calm down pretty quickly. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters, “Obviously there’s no place for throwing stuff on the field. Obviously we certainly don’t want to put anybody in danger. Love the intensity, but can’t be throwing stuff out on the field.”
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No word on if the Yankees will be punished or fined by the MLB for the actions of their fans on this ugly Saturday afternoon.