Yankee fans classless against Cleveland
Ugly scenes erupted at Yankee Stadium, again. It is high time that Major League Baseball do something about this unruly and violent behavior.
Playing the Yankees in the Bronx is always a challenge. One of the best lineups in baseball make the game difficult, and one of the worst fan bases in sport make it unbearable.
Saturday afternoon, both were on display. Gleyber Torres hit a walk-off double to give the Yankees the 5-4 victory and the team celebrated on the infield. The fans in right field decided to throw beer cans and bottles at the Guardian outfielders. No, that isn’t quite right. These punks are not fans. They are scumbags. Pure filth.
There is no place in baseball for these knuckle-draggers and with the technology available, it should not be too difficult to identify them. If they do not receive lifetime bans from all major league parks then there is something wrong with the league.
Cleveland outfielder Myles Straw, the target for the beer cans, called the Yankees fan base the “worst fan base on the planet.” He is not wrong.
Here is the rub, though. This is not something new. Everyone knows this, and has known it for decades. The Yankees are great. Their fans are borderline criminal. So the question is, why hasn’t something been done about this before? How long will this continue? Until a player is injured? Maybe even killed?
The Yankee players showed pure class in the situation, immediately running to defend the Cleveland players from the barrage and calling for calm. Yankees manager Aaron Boone condemned the actions, saying, “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.”
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who was involved in an earlier incident in the game which led to the clowns in the stands getting riled up said, “That can’t happen. I love the fans, love the atmosphere, but we win with class.” Sorry, Isiah, you may win with class, but your fan base is classless, almost to a man.
Guardians manager Terry Francona also weighed in on the melée. “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.”
Let’s hope that the league gets a handle on this, because one thing is certain. If they don’t, it will only get worse. Silence emboldens the bully.