Guardians’ Myles Straw taunted by Yankees fans day after ugly incident, ‘worst fan base’ comments
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Straw made the comments after fans at the stadium pelted Cleveland outfielders with high-priced concessions Saturday in a chaotic scene moments after New York rallied for a 6-5 win. After a crowd taunted a Guardians player, Straw was seen climbing the left field wall to confront one fan.
Cleveland Guardians’ Myles Straw (7) climbs the left field wall to talk with a fan during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Saturday, April 23, 2022, in New York. The Yankees won 5-4.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Following the confrontation as well as his fan base comments, a section of Yankees fans, known as Bleacher Creatures, were heard greeting Straw Sunday with chants of “Crybaby!”
Straw received boos as starting lineups were announced and fans also taunted him by yelling “Peter Parker!” This is likely to be a reference to him climbing up the wall Spiderman-like.
Meanwhile, Yankees star Aaron Judge clapped toward the bleachers Sunday as he took a position in right field. He was one of the Yankees’ stars who urged fans to stop throwing garbage during Saturday’s incident.
The chaos on Saturday started with one out in the ninth inning when Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored a game-tying double that went over the head of Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan, who crashed into the left field fence. Straw and the fan were then confronted.
Members of the Cleveland Guardians react after fans throw debris on the field following Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning during the game between the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in New York, New York.
(Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
“I was just hot at that point,” Straw said, via The Athletic. “Just telling them to be quiet. Shut up. There’s no business, what you’re saying to this guy right now.'”
After the initial incident, play resumed and Yankees pinch hitter Gleyber Torres lined a single to right-center for the game-winner.
As the Guardians outfielder Oscar Mercado chased the ball in a gap, Straw described it as a “beer parade” and several fans began throwing objects at them. “
“You can see [the debris], from a mile away,” Straw stated via the outlet. “So, just trying to avoid the beer bottles. Our bullpen was also getting hit with them. It’s not surprising to me. “
Cleveland Guardians right fielder Oscar Mercado is restrained during an altercation with fans after a baseball game against the New York Yankees Saturday, April 23, 2022, in New York. The Yankees won 5-4.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
After the game, he said the Yankees fans were “classless,” and called them the “worst fan base on the planet,” leading to the additional tensions. Security was increased for Sunday’s game between the MLB teams. A guard was located at the bottom in each aisle in right field.
As of 3: 30 p.m., no beers or concessions had yet to be thrown. The Yankees lead 8-0 going into 7th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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