Things took a turn for the worse at the end of the New York Yankees’ win first Cleveland Defenders on Saturday, with Guardians players confronting unruly fans.
The Yankees regrouped late in the ninth round to score two points in a 5-4 walkoff win over Cleveland, but multiple incidents derailed the comeback. First, the remaining guardian Steven Kwan was shaken after colliding with the left fence while Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled the lead. Some Yankee fans appeared to be mocking the injured Kwan, which prompted center controller Myles Straw to climb the Yankee Stadium fence and exchange words with several people in the stands.
More drama followed, this time in the right field. Gleyber Torres delivered the winning single of the game on the online driveway to the Cleveland right handier Oscar Mercados. When the win was scored, some fans in the right row began to throw items at the Mercado. The midfielder responded verbally to some fans, prompting security to intervene.
After the game, Mercado said he didn’t mind trash talk during the game, but felt a line was being cut when the trash was thrown and fans were cheering that opposing players were love.
“There was a particular Yankee fan on the left side of the field celebrating the injured Kwan,” said Mercado. “It was just an act of violence. You can’t say things like that, especially when someone is hurt. I was just letting him know, listen man, you can chirp all you want, but don’t celebrate when someone gets hurt. That’s the classroom.
“You can root your team all you want. I do not deny that. Honestly, I think it’s fine for the game when people are die-hard fans, but let’s do it the right way. There is a right way. It’s easy for them, standing out on the field, to do and say whatever they want, but we’re the ones out there tearing our butts off day after day, and the last thing we I need to be people cheering for us to get hurt or people trying to hurt us by throwing things on the field.”
Mercado is on hand with his comments. Players don’t mind talking rubbish, and some even like jokes that sometimes happens between fans and opposing players. There is no reason for Yankee fans to throw trash on the field or celebrate an injured opponent, especially after their team has just won.