Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo suffered a back injury from a baseball thrown by a fan in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
After being hit, Verdugo was furious, yelling at fans in the stands, and Boston manager Alex Cora took his team off the field for a few minutes before resuming play. It was eventually called off due to rain after six innings, which the Yankees won 3–1.
Several fans of left-field bleachers told The Post that the ball was thrown into the stands after a warmup between the top and bottom of the sixth. The chants started immediately for the fan to throw the ball back. He did, and it killed Verdugo. The fan was kicked out of the game.
“He turned and started yelling at them,” said security guard Carlos Ventura, referring to Verdugo. “My supervisor found the person and they found him.”
“One thing I learned last year, and it’s something I’ve forgotten throughout my career, it’s just a game,” Cora said. “It’s a game. It’s not life and death. It’s not drama. The fact that people came to the ballpark and they decided to throw one of the players, I was in shock that it happened.
Cora said he pulled the Red Sox off the ground to calm Verdugo down and make sure nothing bad happens.
“I know my left fielder. I know Alex,” Cora said. “He needed time to breathe and get his thoughts. It was like no one was listening to me. You never know. What if he jumped the fence? What if he went over there?”
Verdugo said he was trying to throw the ball at a young Red Sox fan in the crowd, but it ended up injuring a Yankees fan.
“As fans, you have to get better,” Verdugo said. “You don’t throw s—t at people. You wouldn’t do that to anyone in the street.
“It doesn’t sit right with me.”