The Boston Red Sox should consider signing one of their fans that got ejected from Fenway Park on Saturday.
After New York Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run to the top of Fenway Park’s infamous Green Monster at the top of the seventh inning on Saturday, a Red Sox fan took that ball and whipped it back onto the field in protest, hitting Stanton in the arm after a hop as he rounded second base. That’s a pretty impressive feat.
Stanton, who didn’t seem to be hurt in the slightest by the ball, was impressed himself, looking up at the fans on the Green Monster and giving them a smile and a salute as he trotted his way to home base to put the Yankees up 8-2 in the second game of the teams’ final series of the regular season. The Yankees ended up winning the game 8-5.
In a post-game interview, Stanton smiled when asked about getting hit by the ball, saying that he didn’t think the fan meant to hit him and noting that home run balls from opposing teams get thrown back onto the field at Yankee Stadium all the time.
In fact, it’s not unusual for Yankee Stadium to erupt in chants of “throw it back” after someone catches a ball that the opposing team hit into the outfield stands.
After the game, Stanton posted a video on Instagram that cut the footage of the Red Sox fan with footage from the 1993 movie Rookie of the Year, which was about a child who had an unnaturally strong throwing arm after getting a freak injury.
Whether the Red Sox fan meant to hit Stanton or not, Fenway Park security later told ESPN that the fan was ejected.
The final game between the Red Sox and Yankees of the 2018 regular season kicks off on Sunday before the respective no. 1 and no. 2 teams of the American League East division head into the playoffs.