Boston Red Sox

Jul 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo (99) points out to second base umpire Mike Estabrook (83) and third base umpire Laz Diaz (63) a fan who threw an object at him to during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

During the sixth inning of Saturday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game, a fan threw a baseball from the stands that hit Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo in the back. That fan has now received a lifetime ban from all 30 MLB ballparks.

In addition to the league cracking down on the individual, the Yankees also released the following statement.

“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries — especially with the Red Sox — reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” the Yankees said in a statement on Sunday. There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors.”

The incident with Verdugo is the latest in what has become a pattern since fans returned to stadiums following the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the Celtics’ first-round playoff game against the Nets, when a fan at TD Garden threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving.

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