Nick Swisher and Jerry Hairston Jr. were talking after the game last night about the unfathomable abuse the Yankees were subjected to at the Rogers Centre.
Fans were cursing the players, throwing things at them and generally behaving like idiots. According to Swisher, Toronto has become the worst environment in the league for opposing players. The Yankees have had issues all season, particularly with fans throwing debris at the players in the bullpen. The team’s two security guards were stationed out there last night to keep anything from happening.
Meanwhile, some dope picked up a foul ball and nearly pegged Alfredo Aceves in the head in the sixth inning. The man stood raising his arms and getting congratulated by fellow idiots. It took nearly five minutes for security to reach the area and when they did, the crowd booed.
This has been happening all season to other teams. There is a clear lack of security in the ballpark.
One of our readers, Kevin, sent me this note last night:
I have been to many games since I moved here from Southern Ontario last year. In all but two or three of those games, I have seen large-scale fights break out all over the stadium, police officers having to run to the sections to make arrests, unbelievable profanity being used, as well as debris tossed onto the field.
I was at the opener this year against Detroit and the fans began throwing paper airplanes onto the field. It all started when a fan threw a baseball at Curtis Granderson and just missed him. Jim Leyland took the Tigers off the field and a riot almost broke out. They eventually calmed down when they were warned the Jays would have to forfeit if order was not restored.
The fans here tend to get drunk (at $10 a beer too) and all hell just breaks loose.
Major League Baseball needs to do something about this. It’s a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.