It was captured on film, made into a .gif file, and now it could cost Matt Adams.
It was the third inning at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati and a popup was hit by a Reds hitter towards the first base line. Cardinals’ first baseman Matt Adams tracked it over and leaned into the stands in order to try and catch it, but a fan in the first row reached higher than Adams could and caught the ball.
Because the ball was already ruled out of the playing field, fan interference could not be called, but that didn’t make Adams any less upset. He very visibly shoved the fan in the chest. The fan then gave Adams a less than friendly gesture.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the MLB Commissioner’s office is now reviewing the incident and considering disciplinary action against the first baseman. While the discipline likely wouldn’t reach the level of any kind of game suspensions, it could result in a hefty fine. No word has come down as to whether the fan is taking any kind of legal action.
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