After making a misplay in the outfield, Tyler Collins flipped off the jeering crowd at Comerica Park during the sixth inning of the Detroit Tigers' 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Collins, 25, lost Marcus Semien's fly ball in the lights and was roundly booed for his efforts, as well as the resulting error credited to Justin Upton when the ball dropped for a double. He responded by waving a one-finger gesture toward the restless crowd, inciting the home fans' anger even further.
After the game, he apologized profusely for his mistake in judgment and said that hearing the boos at such a frustrating time, from the home crowd, hurt.
"To hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out, completely inappropriately," Collins said. "I'm absolutely embarrassed, and I'm very sorry to everyone in Detroit."
Collins went on to profess his commitment to the team, organization and the city he represents.
"I just wanted you guys to understand that I love this team and I want to win, so when we come home and get booed, it's tough to swallow, but like I said, I apologize completely," Collins said. "I'm embarrassed [for] myself, I know my family is embarrassed of me, and I'm sure these guys are, too, so I'm sorry it happened."