Curtis Granderson made a routine catch on a fly ball in deep right field during the eighth inning of Friday night’s game in Anaheim. But before Granderson could throw the ball back to the infield, an Angels fan extended his arm and touched the New York Mets outfielder on the back.
That didn’t sit well with Granderson, who confronted the fan.
“He touched me,” Granderson said, per Newsday’s Marc Carig. “Then I turned around, and he’s like, ‘I didn’t mean to.’ I said, ‘Hey, just don’t touch me.’ So that was it. Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team. But just don’t physically touch players.”
The fan, who was sitting in the front row, was kicked out of the game by ballpark security.
There’s been a larger focus on player/fan interaction over the last few weeks after a fan ran onto the Yankee Stadium field during a game earlier in the season and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones made some controversial comments regarding spectators coming onto the field of play.
Check out the incident between Granderson and the Angels fan in the video below.
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@Metsmatician
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