What should have been a joyous celebration after Gleyber Torres’ walk-off hit quickly became an ugly scene at Yankee Stadium.
Fans in the right field seats responded to the game-winning hit by flinging garbage on to the field in the general vicinity of Cleveland’s outfielders.
The incident was brewing from the previous batter. Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s deep fly ball to left field made Steven Kwan crash forcefully into the wall, which left him directly underneath the vitriolic fans, who presumably screamed typical New York pleasantries at him.
Whatever was said, it caused center fielder Myles Straw to leap on to the wall and confront the fans face-to-face. It was an admirable display of defending a teammate, but the incredibly visible gesture seemed to only rile up the crowd more.
“Classless,” Straw said after the game, per The Athletic. “Worst fan base on the planet.”
Once the winning run crossed the plate for the Yankees, all bets were off, and the more unruly fans let loose. The Yankees then had to go from mobbing Torres to pleading with their fans to stop hurtling garbage on the field.
All part of the job description when you play for the Yankees.