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Here’s what the confrontation between Cleveland Guardians outfielder Myles Straw and New York Yankees fans looked like from inside the stands.
The embarrassment that happened at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night got a little more context with the emergence of video from within the stands.
In case you missed the ruckus, Yankees fans got into verbal confrontations and threw trash at Guardians outfielders before and after New York hit a walk-off to win the game.
At one point, Myles Straw even leaped up to get closer to the fans who were trolling from the stands. Now we know what it looked like from the fans’ perspective.
Watch: Fan video of Myles Straw’s confrontation with Yankees supporters
Cleveland’s Steven Kwan hit the outfield wall hard trying to make a play in the bottom of the ninth inning and had to be tended to by trainers. While he was being looked after, fans shouted abuse towards the player and other outfielders who gathered to check on him.
When Oscar Mercado and Straw approached to confront them, things escalated.
Later, after Gleyber Torres hit his walk-off, fans in another part of the outfield started throwing trash towards Mercado. Soon enough, trash rained down on the Guardians players and umpires who came out to put a stop to it. Even Yankees players like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton ran to the outfield to tell fans to cut it out.
It’s a shame that what should have been a celebratory moment for the Yankees turned into something so ugly.
The new angle adds to our understanding of what happened, but unfortunately, it doesn’t fix the behavior of people in the stands. Now, New York has had to implement additional measures to prevent Guardians players from receiving more abuse.