A Yankees fan who threw a ball at a Red Sox player during a game has been banned from the stadium.
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Yankees Fan Who Threw Ball at Red Sox Player Banned from Stadium
A Yankees fan who threw a ball at a Red Sox player during a game at Yankee Stadium has been banned from the stadium for life, the team announced on Tuesday.
The fan, named Gerry Labbe, was identified by security cameras and ejected from the game on Monday night after he threw the ball at Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who was standing in right field.
“The New York Yankees have a zero tolerance policy for this type of obscene behavior, which is punishable by expulsion from the stadium,” the team said in a statement. “We will also be coordinating with Major League Baseball to identify the individual and pursue any further actions.”
Labbe told reporters that he was “sorry” for his actions and that he did not mean to hit Betts.
Yankees Ban Fan Who Threw Ball at Red Sox Player
The New York Yankees have announced that the fan who threw a ball at Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts during Tuesday’s game has been banned from Yankee Stadium for life.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Yankees said they ” remind all fans that they are responsible for their conduct at all times and that any violation of baseball’s code of fan conduct will result in ejection and, potentially, other penalties.”
The incident occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Betts was fielding a pop fly hit by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres. As Betts was catching the ball, a fan in the stands threw a ball at him. The ball hit Betts on the right side of his head, but he was not injured.
The Yankees said they have “zero tolerance” for fan misconduct and are “cooperating fully with the Boston Police Department as they investigate this incident.”
This is not the first time a fan has been banned from Yankee Stadium for throwing a projectile at a player. In 2017, a fan was banned for life after throwing a half-full can of soda at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during an outfield celebration.
Yankees Ban Fan for Throwing Ball at Red Sox Player
The New York Yankees have banned a fan from Yankee Stadium for life after he threw a ball at Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts during Wednesday’s game.
The fan, who has not been identified, threw the ball from the stands near the Red Sox bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning as Betts was jogging to his position in right field. The ball hit Betts on the hip, and heInitially, it appeared that Betts was not injured by the throw.
After the game, however, Boston manager Alex Cora said that Betts had been dealing with some “discomfort” and would undergo further evaluation.
The Yankees released a statement Thursday saying that they had identified the fan and contacted him to inform him of the lifetime ban.
“The Yankees continue to prioritize an enjoyable and safe experience for all fans at Yankee Stadium,” the team said. “Actions such as these violate our policies and will not be tolerated.”
This is not the first time a fan has been banned from Yankee Stadium for throwing a ball on the field. In 2017, a fan was banned for two years after throwing a beer can at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during a game.