Houston Astros’ right fielder Josh Reddick had some harsh criticism for fans of the New York Yankees for tossing water bottles, baseballs and other objects onto the field during the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Astros in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday evening.
Yankees’ fans were irate after a replay review determined that Yankees’ Edwin Encarnacion did not notch an infield hit to leadoff the eighth inning, showing frustration from the Yankees eventual loss that put them down 2-1 in the ALCS.
“You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they’re not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it’s definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe,” Reddick said (h/t ESPN).
Reddick, who homered off of Yankees’ starter Luis Severino, was a key contributor to the Game 3 victory.
“I don’t think fans realize when they do that that you could hit a player. You hit a baseball player with a baseball from the third deck, it’s got a little bit of movement on it, so it can definitely do some damage to you, and it’s frustrating to see as a player in the outfield,” Reddick said. “I saw water bottles and, like, two baseballs. There were two souvenir baseballs thrown in center and left field. I got all the water bottles in right.”
Adding more fuel to the fire, Yankees fans cheered when pitcher Luis Cessa hit Astros’ Aelx Bregman on the back with a fastball during the ninth inning.
“It’s a matter of all kinds of different things here, but you’re used to that for nine innings. Pretty standard,” Reddick said. “They’re all yelling at the same time, so it all kind of mumbles together.”
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