Small crowd, large downside.
Some of the 10,202 fans at Yankee Stadium made their presence felt in an unpleasant method Friday night time once they started throwing baseballs and different objects onto the sphere in the course of the backside of the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Rays.
“You are at all times involved when there’s an opportunity persons are throwing stuff onto the sphere,” Rays supervisor Kevin Cash stated. “I don’t know if it was baseball giveaway day. For no matter cause, one or two did it and it appeared like there have been 15 others that adopted.”
The crowd would’ve been bigger if not for New York’s COVID-19 restrictions. And by the purpose at which individuals began throwing issues, the group was smaller than the introduced determine: disgust in a recreation during which the Yankees dedicated three errors and had no runs on one hit by means of six innings had despatched some to the exits.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Bonne is a third-generation baseball lifer and might’t keep in mind witnessing an identical scene. He selected his phrases very rigorously in saying “it seems unhealthy for everybody.”
The obvious message — play higher! — wasn’t misplaced on the Yankees, even when the shape during which it was delivered was embarrassing.
“That was the primary time that I feel I’ve skilled that,” left fielder Clint Frazier stated of the fans throwing objects onto the sphere. “You by no means need it to come to that, clearly, and hopefully transferring ahead we play nicely sufficient to the place that doesn’t occur once more.”
Giancarlo Stanton’s ideas turned to participant security. The Rays didn’t return to the dugout for shelter.
“Hopefully it will cease instantly and that none of their gamers acquired hit,” Stanton stated. “You by no means need it to get to that time, however I used to be simply hoping it didn’t come to some extent the place they’d to cease or name the sport.”
It had “no impact” on the way in which the ultimate outs have been performed, Cash identified.
“I do not know what occurred,” Rays designated hitter Brandon Lowe stated. “All of a sudden there was a ball in middle [field]. … Tossed it to the group of fans that seemed like they have been asking for it. They have been excited once they acquired it. And then unexpectedly there’s 10 balls on the sphere.”