After a walk-off win, Yankees fans were seen throwing trash at Cleveland Guardians outfielders. Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado were heated in the moment.
This all started with two outs in the ninth inning, when left fielder Steven Kwan went down with an injury after crashing into the fence on a double by Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Fans were unhappy with Kwan, and some wrongly assumed he was faking an injury.
Mercado and Straw jawed back and forth with a few Bronx supporters to express their genuine concern regarding Kwan, one of the best stories of this young MLB season.
After New York’s win, Mercado was the first to receive the unnecessary treatment from fans, and Straw soon followed, even climbing the fence to yell at fans.
Guardians: Myles Straw, Oscar Mercado blast Yankees fans
“You can celebrate your team walking it off all you want, but don’t throw s**t on the field. Sorry for cussing, but that’s how people can get hurt. I should have probably walked away,” Mercado said, per The Athletic.
This isn’t the first incident regarding Yankee fans and throwing trash on the field. Even radio announcer John Sterling was taken aback, and said it ruined the good feeling after the team’s walk-off victory.
“I’m not talking. I’ll let the fans talk for me. Classless… Worst fan base on the planet,” Straw said, when asked about his conversations with fans in the outfield stands. “It got to me a little bit. I said what I said. If I were to do it again, I probably would’ve said the same thing. That’s my guy. At that point, just cheer. Be happy your team tied the game up. Be a normal baseball fan and just enjoy what’s going on.”
Straw took matters a step further, rather than simply yelling from the outfield. He even climbed the fence to get a closer look, which is not recommended in any environment and arguably puts him at further risk — but that’s a discussion for another day.
Yankees players soon joined the Guardians in the outfield to protest to fans not to throw objects at the opposing team in a surprising moment of unity.