Alex Cora briefly pulls the Boston Pink Sox off the sector after a fan hits Alex Verdugo with baseball at Yankee Stadium
A fan threw a baseball at Boston Red Sox’s left fielder Alex Verdugo and hit him in the back during Saturday night’s game at Yankee Stadium, causing manager Alex Cora to briefly pull his players off the field in the sixth inning.
Verdugo started yelling at fans and was held back by first base coach Tom Goodwin.
“It felt like it was aimed at me and it doesn’t suit me well,” Verdugo said afterwards.
The game resumed after a discussion with umpires near Boston’s dugout. The game was later called after six innings due to heavy rain with the Yankees leading 3–1.
“This is just a game,” said Cora. “It’s a game. It’s not about life and death and it’s not this drama and the fact that people come to the ballpark and decided to throw a baseball [at] one of the players, I was shocked that this happened. “
Verdugo said he threw the ball into the stands for a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and tossed it back onto the field, hitting Verdugo.
“It’s awful, embarrassing, unacceptable,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
The game started 52 minutes late due to a weather delay, although it was not raining and the tarpaulin was not on the field. There were also four delays to replay reviews and one more interruption when record referee Jeff Nelson took a 96-mile fastball off his mask from Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole in the sixth.
When Nelson was checked, the rain intensified significantly. The game was delayed for a second time by rain shortly after Cole took the hill for the seventh time and called after a 54-minute delay with lightning bolts and heavy showers.
Cole struck eleven when the Yankees outperformed their longtime rivals for the first time in eight meetings this season. It was her first win over Boston in nine attempts since September 19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.