Fan banned from Yankee Stadium, other 29 MLB ballparks after throwing ball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo

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Who hit Verdugo?

The decision was confirmed Sunday by the Yankees and Major League Baseball. Boston manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was hit in the back by a ball thrown from the leftfield seats. Tampa Bay TimesFan who hit Red Sox player with ball gets lifetime ban from all parks

What happened at Red Sox Yankees game?

The game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was delayed briefly after a fan threw a baseball at Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning, hitting him in the back, which led Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull his team from the field. The AthleticRed Sox-Yankees delayed after fan throws baseball at Alex Verdugo

The Yankees hosted the Red Sox on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium. The game was initially delayed for weather but later in the game there was a temporary delay when a fan threw a baseball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo. 

Here's some video where you can see the ball on the field behind Verdugo as he's irate and screaming at the fans. 

A fan threw a ball at Alex Verdugo... pic.twitter.com/V8F55GE4fM

Also of note is you can see the umpires helping security pinpoint the fan who threw the ball and eject them immediately. 

Look, yell at the players all you want. You bought the ticket and can feel free to heckle at will. These are also real human beings just trying to do their job, so anything that puts them in danger is absolutely off limits. You don't get to throw things at players. This isn't even mentioning that even if you aren't at a ballpark, throwing at object at someone's back from a distance is something that is toward the top of the list of cowardly things a person can do. Throwing a baseball at a player you don't like isn't cool. It's the height of cowardice. 

Justice was served -- the fan was banned from Yankee Stadium and the other 29 ballparks for life, an MLB spokesperson told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty on Sunday -- and the game eventually picked back up with Verdugo remaining in left field. 

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Yankees fan who threw ball at Red Sox's Alex Verdugo banned from all MLB stadiums for life

Yahoo Sports 19 July, 2021 - 06:02pm

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A Yankees spokesperson said that the team banned the fan from Yankee Stadium after Saturday night’s incident, and the other 29 ballparks followed suit, via NJ.com.

“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries — especially with the Red Sox — reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” the Yankees said in a statement, via NJ.com. “There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors.”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora called his players off the field on Saturday night briefly after the ball was thrown at Verdugo.

Verdugo was furious as officials and others tried to determine which fan threw the ball at him amid a downpour at Yankee Stadium.

“I know my left fielder. I know Alex,” Cora said, via NJ.com. “He needed time to breathe and to get his thoughts, and it seemed like nobody was listening to him. Can you imagine getting thrown at with an object in a sport and you’ve got to be out there right away because we have to continue to play the game? That part I didn’t agree with.

“Alex was OK with it, but you never know … I mean, what if he jumps the fence? What if he goes up there and he attacks [the fan]? That’s why I was telling [umpires], ‘Just give us a chance to collect our thoughts, breathe a little bit and then we’ll go out and play the game.’ That was the whole thing.”

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The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending big league games. The decision was confirmed Sunday by spokesmen for both the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats.

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