NEW YORK, N.Y. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo had plenty to be sore about after Saturday night's game in the Bronx. The left fielder was hit in the back by a baseball, thrown by a Yankees fan.
The incident happened in the sixth inning, when the Sox and Yankees were tied 1-1. Verdugo said he had tried to throw the ball to a Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan caught it, according to the Globe.
That's when the fan allegedly threw the baseball back while Verdugo's back was turned, hitting him in the back. Broadcast video shows the left fielder had some fiery words with fans in the crowd before being talked down by outfielder Jarren Duran and manager Alex Cora.
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field to keep the situation from escalating.
"Anyone who gets hit with a ball like that, it's kind of a free-for-all. Just let it all hang out and let your emotions go," Verdugo told reporters after the game.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was quick to condemn the fan's actions "Awful, embarrassing, unacceptable...hopefully he's in jail right now," he said. Boone said the fan had been ejected, but New York City Police didn't arrest him, according to nj.com.
The Sox lost 3-1 after the game was called because of excessive rain.