The fan who hit Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending Major League games.
Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats. He was not hurt.
"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.
An angry Verdugo shouted at the crowd and was restrained by first-base coach Tom Goodwin as Saturday's contest was held up in a driving rain. The fan, who was not identified, was ejected from the ballpark.
"When I went out there, it was loud, and it got nasty -- from both sides," Cora said. "I just needed to calm him down. That was the whole reason that I just took everybody off the field. I'm like, where he's at right now mentally, he's not going to be able to play right now. No chance."