Security catches Yankees fan who hit Red Sox's Alex Verdugo with a ball

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New York Post 17 July, 2021 - 10:59pm 21 views

Why was Yankees game postponed today?

NEW YORK — Thursday night's series opener between the Yankees and Red Sox has been postponed as New York manages a developing COVID-19 issue. A release sent out by Major League Baseball confirmed the postponement, adding that there are multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Yankees organization. Sports IllustratedYankees-Red Sox Game Postponed Due to Developing COVID-19 Issue

Why is the Red Sox game postponed today?

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Yankees' player group has prompted the postponement of Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, allowing Major League Baseball to conduct continued testing and contact tracing. The league will continue to provide scheduling updates as available. MLB.comRed Sox-Yankees Thursday game postponed

By Zach Braziller

July 17, 2021 | 11:59pm | Updated July 18, 2021 | 12:45am

Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo was hit in the back with a baseball thrown by a fan in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

After getting 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 the game was restarted. It was eventually called because of rain after six innings, with the Yankees winning, 3-1.

“He turned around and he started yelling at them,” security guard Carlos Ventura said, referring to Verdugo. “My supervisor found the person and they got him.”

“One thing I learned last year, and this is something I forgot throughout my career, this is just a game,” Cora said. “It’s a game. This is not life and death. It’s not this drama. The fact people came to the ballpark and they decided to throw at one of the players, I was in shock that happened.”

Cora said he pulled the Red Sox off the field to calm Verdugo down and make sure nothing worse happened.

“I know my left fielder. I know Alex,” Cora said. “He needed time to breathe and to get his thoughts. It seemed like nobody was listening to me. You never know. What if he jumps the fence? What if he goes up there?”

Verdugo said he was trying to throw the ball to a young Red Sox fan in the crowd, but it wound up with a Yankees fan.

“As fans, ya’ll got to be better,” Verdugo said. “You don’t throw s–t at people. You wouldn’t do that to somebody in the street.

“It don’t sit right with me.”

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Red Sox broadcaster calls out Kiké Hernandez for All-Star Break comments

FanSided 16 July, 2021 - 02:47pm

Enrique Kike Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The MLB season is entering its second half, and not everyone is excited about it. Boston Red Sox outfielder Kike Hernandez was vocal about his displeasure with the shortened All-Star Break. He mentioned how his team was one of the two teams that didn’t receive four days off. He spoke about the matter unprompted to reporters on July 9.

“I’m obviously not an All-Star, but I definitely feel like we needed a fourth day. For the guys that made the All-Star game, it sucks as much as it’s a privilege for them to be an All-Star. There’s 28 teams that get four days off and two teams that don’t,” Hernandez said per MassLive.com.

Playing in Boston, a city that values grit, hard work, and has another team with a coach with a “no days off” mentality, those comments probably didn’t resonate well with many fans and citizens of the town. One of their former players and longtime announcer blasted the Red Sox player, reminding him of the city’s blue-collar mindset.

If anybody understands the Boston Red Sox and the mentality the city has, it’s Jerry Remy. He played second base for the team from 1978-84 and is now calls games for them on NESN. He had a swift and powerful reaction to Hernandez’s complaints, and he wasn’t trying to hear any of it.

“Kiké is a good player, but he has got to learn to speak in front of Boston people. They want workers they don’t want to hear about extra days off at the All-Star break… Not a good idea. You sound like Adrian Gonzalez,” Remy said per Jason Matrodonato of the Boston Herald.

Jerry Remy keeping it real: "Kiké is a good player but he has got to learn to speak in front of Boston people. They want workers they don't want to hear about extra days off at the All-Star break… Not a good idea. You sound like Adrian Gonzalez."

— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 16, 2021

Yikes, that is not somebody Hernandez wants to be associated with. Boston fans still don’t sleep well from the drama surrounding Gonzalez during his time with the team. However, they are glad they got his and Carl Crawford’s contract off the books when they shipped him to the Dodgers in that blockbuster trade in 2012. Hernandez might want to heed Remy’s advice, as Boston fans are brutal and won’t hold back their emotions towards a player.

The Red Sox begin their second half of the season on Friday against the Yankees. They were scheduled to play Thursday, but a COVID outbreak on the Yankees caused that game to be postponed. Well, Herandez ended up getting that extra day off, didn’t he?

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