Baseball is a very fan-friendly sport. What other sport do you get to keep bats, balls and other equipment that flies into the stands? Players walk around during batting practice and sign autographs for fans young and old and fans more involved in baseball seemingly than any other sport. Which sport can you actually have an issue of a fan interfering with a play and still not be kicked out of the stadium? None. Well, a Boston Red Sox fan recently overstepped his boundaries of being a good fan of the game.
During Sunday night’s ALCS Game 2 between the Sox and the Detroit Tigers, Alex Avila hit a two-run bomb in the sixth inning that reached the right field seats. One fan wasn’t happy with the fact that his team just gave up a home run that put his team down 5-0. A woman ended up with the home run ball and the man took the ball right from her hands aggressively and tossed it back onto the field.
Okay, I get it, the lady didn’t know that if an opposing team hits a home run, it’s an unspoken rule that you throw it back onto the field. However, the guy was apparently a nuisance all night long and this just capped off a poor performance by the man in the stands.
The man was later escorted out of the stadium for his poor behavior and he was heard by surrounding fans throughout the game shouting racial slurs and making jokes with poor taste.
It’s too bad he missed the Red Sox comeback thanks to a David Ortiz home run.